30,000 lost & found negatives tell the tale of 70s surf culture


Among a stack of dusty boxes at the Pasadena flea market, Doug Walker found 30,000 discarded negatives from Surfing Magazine.

After buying a few sheets, Walker got hooked and bought the whole collection for $800.  He tracked down the photographers, and took down their tales from what many now look back on as the Golden Age of surfing.

The result was The Lost & Found Collection: Volume One, a coffee table book that “tells the story of an era that can never be duplicated.”

(Images L to R: Feelin It by Shirley Rogers, photographer Larry Pierce, California VW by Bob Barbour, The Lost & Found Collection)

“I’ve spent the last decade breathing some life into these frozen moments in time,” Walker explains.  “I traveled the world, interviewing the original photographers and documenting their stories, in an attempt to pay homage to their artistry and to keep the spark alive of a time gone by.”

The book and prints can be found @ www.thelostandfoundcollection.com 

(Images L to R: photographer Tim Bernardy, Blacks California by Larry “Flame” Moore, The Lost & Found Collection)