Party in the Back

Tino Razo (Author) Julien Stranger (Introduction by)


In Party In The Back, celebrated skateboarder Tino Razo has documented -- and shredded -- abandoned backyard swimming pools throughout Southern California. The resulting body of work, showcased here for the first time in Tino's book, elevates itself beyond a bunch of thrill-seekers navigating the suburban landscape, juxtaposing renegade sessions by world class skateboarders with dramatic architectural photographs of a lost American dream. Party In The Back is a lyrical photo-eulogy for this disappearing pool culture, bathed in the golden Southern Californian light.

Product Details

Price: $40.00  $36.00
Publisher: Anthology Editions
Published Date: February 24, 2017
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 8.3 X 0.7 X 10.8 inches | 2.4 pounds
ISBN: 9781944860035
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About the Author

Tino Razo has participated in group shows that have taken him to Japan and Europe. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he skates every day and hangs out with his dog, Chunk.
Julien Stranger is a professional skateboarder from San Francisco.


"An anthropological document steeped in Southern California youth culture." - LA Weekly http: //
"[A] stunning array of eerie images of decrepit and poignant scenes; the American dream as one shattered and refracted through abandoned swimming pools, cracked concrete and dusty streets. But that's just the surface: what the publication is a love letter to, however, is skating; and the carefree rebellion of days spent scrambling about unchecked in the near dystopias of abandoned landscapes." - Creative Boom https: //
"With a gang of nimble friends, skater and photographer Tino Razo documents the illegal underground skate scene around California's empty swimming pools" - The Guardian
"Physical and existential risk is on view here. The photographs are raw and compelling." - Jamie Brisick
"Not many people can turn their hand to something and get it right first go, especially something as tricky and intuitive as photography. But Tino has. He'll tell you it's luck or editing, but the fact is he's a bloody natural, and this book is testimony to that." Jason Crombie
"Party in the Back is a portrait of a distinctly West Coast vibescape -- there's a dusky Pacific feel to these images of skaters hopping chain-link gates, of keep-out signs and watchful dogs, of the sensual curve of empty pools. There are skaters, faces frozen in profound focus or pure joy, defying gravity, riding the sides, rising above the edges. Razo captures the thrill of making a place yours for a time and the melancholy of letting it go." - Boston Globe