Photography: Danny Lyon

Sparky and Cowboy

Danny Lyon (born March 16, 1942) Danny Lyon is a self-taught photographer from Brooklyn NY. In 1967 he published a collection of photos  called The Bikeriders – from which these are taken. Lyon did more then just take pictures of Midwest Motorcycle gangs, he became a member of the Chcago Outlaws from 1963-1967. According to Lyon, the photographs were “an attempt to record and glorify the life of the American bikerider.”  The series was immensely popular and influential in the 1960s and 1970s. He went on to publish The Destruction of Lower Manhattan (1969) and Conversations with the Dead (1971) which was published with full cooperation of the Texas Department of Corrections. Lyon photographed in six prisons over a fourteen month period in 1967 to 1968. “I tried with whatever power I had to make a picture of imprisonment as distressing as I knew it to be in reality.” He also published work on the early civil rights movement in the South (The Movement) which as you might image is as beautiful as it is disturbing.


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