Cal, Springfield, Illinois

Accession Number

Cal, Springfield, Illinois

Danny Lyon

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1966; printed 2008

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

11 in x 14 in (27.94 cm x 35.56 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Agah, Class of 1989 (BBA)

Subject matter
The Bikeriders series began in 1963 when Danny Lyon attended a motorcycle rally in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. He captured a group of bikers on Route 12 and at the rally, quickly showing them to Hugh Edwards. Edwards encouraged his work, and Lyon continued to take photographs of the bikers. Lyon became part of the Chicago Outlaws, documenting them over the next four years. In 1968, The Bikeriders was published for the first time, becoming the second publication to use text transcribed from tape recordings. Many of the images were originally shot in color, printed in black and white for the publication, and since re-printed almost exclusively in black and white.

Physical Description
A photograph of a man lying on a blanket in the grass, a pack of cigarettes beside him. He wears a white t-shirt and a band around his wrist. He pulls a string taught between his fingers, while looking into the camera lens. 

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
black and white print

Collection Area

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blankets (coverings)
cigarette boxes
grasses (plants)
men (male humans)

7 Related Resources

(Part of 5 Learning Collections)
(Part of 9 Learning Collections)
Men at Work
(Part of: Masculinities)
Jewish Photographers 
(Part of: Ethnicity and Race)
Danny Lyon
(Part of: Modern Jewish Photography F22 - Dash Moore)

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