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Danny Lyon’s Iconic Bikeriders Series Keeps Americana Alive Across The Globe

By Michelle Bird on June 3rd 2014


The Bikeriders were feared by the public and fearless in character, but photographer Danny Lyon looked past that and joined the pack of the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club in 1963. He befriended the members at rides and races, something quite rare for a young man that was part of Chicago’s Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee just a year prior, but a lot can change in a year and Lyon became fearless himself.


Between the years 1963 and 1967 Lyon snapped away the sunset rides, the parties ’til dawn, the family visits and the pack moments. He wanted to use his art as a way to expose the side of bike riders that was often misunderstood by the public. Through Lyon’s documentary style photography– one that dawned in 1960s New Journalism with the likes of Joan Didion, Hunter S. Thompson, and Tom Wolfe– he was able to show a humanitarian essence to an otherwise over-commercialized Americana way of life.

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Now, for the first time the Bikeriders series is heading to the UK, to go on show at London’s Atlas Gallery from June 19th – August 16th. The exhibition will feature 40 prints from Milwaukee, Long Island New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Detroit.

CREDIT: All images © Danny Lyon, Courtesy of ATLAS Gallery London

[via] Design Week

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Michelle Bird is a Southern California based freelance photographer and writer, with a strong focus on music, editorial and portrait photography. She is the founder and creative force behind the music+culture online blog Black Vinyl Magazine, and can often be found in the photo-pit shooting the latest concerts in town. She has a strong passion for art, exploring, vintage finds and most of all animals. Connect with her through Email,
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