The Bike Riders

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First published in 1968, Danny Lyon’s The Bikeriders explores first-hand the stories and characters of the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club. Authentic, personal, and uncompromising, Lyon’s depiction of individuals on the outskirts of society offers a gritty yet humanistic view that subverts the commercialized image of Americana.

"an attempt to record and glorify the life of the American bikerider."

Danny Lyon

A seminal work of modern photojournalism, this landmark collection of photographs and interviews documents the abandon and risk implied in the name of the gang Lyon belonged to: the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club. With images and interviews that are as raw, alive, and dramatic today as they were three decades ago, this new edition includes startling new images: 15 additional black-and-white photographs and 14 color prints--long thought missing--of works originally published in black-and-white. With a new introduction by the author, The Bikeriders rides again, capturing like never before the dawn of the counterculture era.

Lyon was born in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York and is the son of Russian-Jewish mother Rebecca Henkin and German-Jewish father Dr. Ernst Fredrick Lyon. He was raised in Kew Gardens, Queens, and went on to study history and philosophy at the University of Chicago, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1963.

© Danny Lyon/Magnum Photos

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Comments (3)
  • Fantastic! LOVE these shots

    1 year ago
  • Yes, worth it! He has a show in LA at the moment I believe.

    1 year ago


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