On the Road with Danny Lyon

Danny Lyon, Brucie, his CH, and Crazy Charlie, McHenry, Illinois, 1966

Danny Lyon, From Dayton to Columbus, Ohio, 1966

Danny Lyon, My Triumph, broken gearbox spring, New Orleans, 1964

Danny Lyon, Memorial day run, Milwaukee, 1966

Danny Lyon, Zipco, Elkhorn, Wisconsin, 1966

Danny Lyon published his series The Bikeriders in 1968. The book contains photographs and personal interviews collected by Lyon during his time spent with the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club from 1963 to 1967.

In the introduction to the book Lyon writes, “The material in this book was collected between 1963 and 1967 in an attempt to record and glorify the life of the American bikerider. It 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.”

Lyon’s work was influential in terms of his approach to photojournalism while also focusing attention to the growing interest in American bike culture.

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