To Check ◊ Pools by Craig Fineman
Craig Fineman’s book Pools is a refreshing and nostalgic look back at 1970s skateboarding culture.
Although Fineman passed away in 2003 at the age of 51, Stussy stores along with Dashwood Books have released a limited-edition 68-page book with never-before-seen images that showcase Fineman’s work.
Fineman was a well-respected and often groundbreaking skate and surf photographer who recognized the artistry of skateboarding and went after unique perspectives to capture it.
Pools also includes tributes to Fineman from friends and colleagues at the end of the book.
American artist and skateboarder Pat Ngoho wrote, “In the ’60s, we had soul cruising on asphalt and by the late ’70s skaters were surfing on concrete. Fineman was one of the few photographers who saw this and captured the action as it was happening.”
Another friend, Brad Bowman, had this to say about Fineman:
“Craig’s images are permanently frozen time capsules that generations to follow will have the pleasure of seeing, studying and analyzing moments that have predated them. They will be pleased, as we all have been with Craig’s body of work.”