If you’ve ever been curious about life on the open road, then you might want to drop by the Akron Art Museum and take in one of the current photography exhibits by artist Danny Lyon. Entitled “Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders”, the exhibit showcases pieces that are currently a part of the museum’s extensive library of Lyon’s work. The Danny Lyon exhibit is currently on display and runs through June 21, 2013.
One of the unique things about Lyon’s art in this particular case is that he became absorbed into the environment of his subject. From 1963 to 1967, Lyon not only photographed bikers, but he became a member of the Chicago Outlaws motorcycle club, traveled with them and shared the lifestyle. This creative choice resulted in his becoming a pioneer of the new form of photojournalism.
Regarding his first photography book, Danny Lyon is quoted as saying that the photographs were “an attempt to record and glorify the life of the American bikerider”. In the 1970’s this piece of work would lead him to become a contributor to the Environmental Protection Agency’s DOCUAMERICA.
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