DANNY LYON (B. 1942)
DANNY LYON (B. 1942)
DANNY LYON (B. 1942)
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DANNY LYON (B. 1942)

Crossing the Ohio River from Louisville, 1966

DANNY LYON (B. 1942)
Crossing the Ohio River from Louisville, 1966
gelatin silver print, printed 1980
signed, titled and dated in ink (recto); initialed with date of image and of print in 'Bleak Beauty' photographer's credit, also annotated 'one of five prints made in 1980' in pencil and (verso)
image: 12 ½ x 18 ½ in. (31.7 x 46.9 cm.)
sheet: 15 ¾ x 19 ¾ in. (40 x 50.1 cm.)
Witkin Gallery, New York;
acquired from the above by the present owner, 1997.
Danny Lyon, The Bikeriders, Macmillian Company, New York, 1968, cover, p. 49.
Danny Lyon, Photo Film 1959-1990, Edition Braus, Heidleberg, 1991, p. 53.
Andy Grundberg, Streetwise: Masters of 60s Photography, Modernbooks Editions, San Fransisco, 2010, p. 111.
David Campany, Photography & The American Road, The Open Road, aperture, New York, 2014, p. 31.
Julian Cox et al., Danny Lyon: Message to the Future, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, 2016, pl. 33, p. 118.

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Lot Essay

While studying at the University of Chicago, Danny Lyon found a mentor in Hugh Edwards, then curator of prints and drawings at The Art Institute of Chicago. This growing friendship gave Lyon the courage to show Edwards some of his earliest photographs taken of motorcyclists he had met through ‘scrambles’, a popular dirt track race. Seeing the work for the first time, Edwards noted that this experience was ‘…the most stimulating event for many days…’ and immediately saw potential in Lyon.

The bikers Lyon met at the ‘scrambles’ became not only his subject matter, but also a group of close friends. This bond continued to grow, resulting in Lyon joining a motorcycle crew called Outlaws. To Lyon, these motorcyclists were the closest thing left to the cowboys of the wild west. By 1966, Lyon hosted his first exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago and included a number of photographers from his Bikerider series.

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