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Skateboader Mag | Warren Bolster

With the emergence of a publication promoting skateboarding, its popularity grew exponentially and other magazines appeared on the scene to try and compete. The original SKATEBOARDER flourished as a result of its exceptional content and photography, leaving the competition belly up. Photographer Warren Bolster was responsible for the magazine's start-up and quite possibly the foundation of contemporary skate photography.

Using a 35mm film camera, Bolster was the first to use a fish-eye lens. A fish-eye lens, with a 15mm focal length, has a perspective of 180-degrees and distorts the edges of the frame, allowing the photographer to get extremely close to the action while still being able to get the whole scene in the frame. Little did he know his technique would become the staple of skate photography a quarter-century later. He also experimented with high-speed cameras and motor drives, which take multiple pictures within a second. Later known as a sequence, it too would also become an integral part of the genre. By the '80s skating receded in popularity once again, but SKATEBOARDER magazine prevailed.

In 1983, Nikon released the FE2 35mm camera, the first camera able to sync at 1/250th of a second with flash This gave photographers the ability to shoot in bright sun-light with flash while still being able to stop the action.

skate photographer by Andrew Pommier

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