The End by Michael Dweck
Montauk, N.Y.

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In the 1960s, the fishing village of Montauk became the surfer's paradise of the United States' East Coast. Located as the tip of Long Island's South Fork, the easternmost point of the Hamptons, this paradise existed primarily for locals - not surfers who migrated to the beach for the summer, but those who were out in the rocky reefs every day, year round. Today, a new tribe of surfers exists - a group of young locals who live by their own rules. Rule number 1: Never tell anyone where the good surf spots are. Rule number 2: See rule number 1. In the 1990s, photographer Michael Dweck rented a house on Ditch Plains beach (site of the best surf break) and struck up a friendship with one of the local surfers, eventually gaining uprecedented access to the insular local surf community. Dweck's photographic essay follows the surfers through their daily rituals, from early morning wave reports to evening bonfires on the beach, capturing their youthful hedonism. Through portraits, nudes, and photographs of the landscape, this book celebrates lives lived only to surf, and captures an endless summer of perfect weather and languorous beauty.

About Michael Dweck

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Michael Dweck grew up on Long Island and earned his BFA from Pratt Institute. He began his career in advertising and received a Gold Lion at the Cannes International Advertising Festival. His first solo photography exhibition was at Sotheby's, New York, in 2003. "The End is his first book.
Published May 11, 2004 by Harry N. Abrams. 200 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Travel, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction

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The dominant subject of this ode to Montauk's surfer community is the cadre of surfer babes--so""beautiful and sexy and tribal,"" says Dweck in his intro--that apparently run the beaches topless.

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