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Danny Lyon

February 27 - May 7, 2010

The Bikeriders on Film: Saturday, April 10 - Sunday, April 11 Click here for times and detailed listings...

Image Copyright Danny Lyon

"Lyon was part of the generation he was photographing, so was able to talk with an authentic voice about his subjects, understanding instinctively not only their hopes and aspirations, but also why they were rebelling against all kinds of adult authority."

—Martin Parr

Crossing the Ohio, 1966

"[The Bikeriders] is a personal record, dealing mostly with bikeriders whom I know and care for. If anything has guided this work beyond the facts of the worlds presented it is what I have come to believe is the spirit of the bikeriders: the spirit of the hand that twists open the throttle on the crackling engines of big bikes and rides them on racetracks or through traffic or, on occasion, into oblivion." —Danny Lyon


In 1968, just before Easy Rider roared its way into American consciousness, Danny Lyon finished The Bikeriders. After four years with the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Gang, he had created one of the defining photography projects of the 1960s: The Bikeriders, and pioneered the style that has come to be known as the “New Journalism.” With its mix of grit, realism and romanticism, and its ground-breaking use of the bikers own stories and accounts, The Bikeriders was a landmark collection that documented the abandon and risk of motorcycle gangs, and powerfully propelled motorcycle counterculture into the mainstream American consciousness. The images and interviews in The Bikeriders are as raw, alive, and dramatic today as they were nearly four decades ago.


"The use of the camera has always been for me a tool of investigation, a reason to travel, to not mind my own business, and often to get into trouble. The real question faced by a photographer or journalist today is not, of course, the type of film that is inside their camera; although that matters. The real question is what's inside their head. That has always been the question and will always be the question." —Danny Lyon

Lyon's photographs are not merely documents of the time in which they were made or portraits of the people in front of the lens, they also provide a compelling portrait of the artist himself. While studying history at the University of Chicago, Lyon joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee as their first staff photographer. One of the best known photojournalists today, Lyon has produced ten books of photography and an equal number of nonfiction films. His books include, "Indian Nations" (Twin Palms, 2002), "Knave of Hearts"(Twin Palms, 1999), a memoir, "Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement" (University of North Carolina, 1992), "Merci Gonaives"(Bleak Beauty, 1988), an account of the 1986 Haitian revolution, and "Conversations with the Dead" Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970), the first book by a photojournalist inside the American prison system. He has received numerous Rockefeller, Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships. His photographs are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Corcoran Gallery of Art and The Library of Congress, as well as other museums.

"As the author of many books of journalism and films using pictures and words, I have devoted my life to creating an honest picture of America, almost always in direct opposition to the false world that seems to so naturally come from the Media. Can you change society? Can you change Americans? Can you even see or recognize change? If you live long enough and get old enough, you can see change." —Danny Lyon

This exhibition was organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.

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About the Prints: Silver Gelatin Prints

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From Dayton to Columbus, OH, 1966 Outlaw Camp, Elkhorn, WI, 1965-66 Sparky & Cowboy
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