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Danny Lyon

(Brooklyn, New York, 1942 - )

Scrambles track, McHenry, Illinois

1966 (printed later)

Gelatin silver print

10 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. (26.2 x 26.2 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of Dr. Stephen Nicholas

2010.103

More Information

On the south side of Chicago, about twenty minutes away, there was a scrambles track: a dirt field with a mattress wrapped around a tree and bales of hay and rubber tires lining the course. Lyon and his friends would go every weekend to watch Frank Jenner race. Some of the first pictures Lyon ever made were of these bikers. This project was interrupted by a stint as a staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, during which he documented the Civil Rights movement in the South. He then returned to Chicago and the bikers, officially joining the Chicago Outlaws.

Marks

Printer’s stamp, with negative and print date and signature in graphite on verso

Keywords
Black and White
Documentary
Motorcycle