The Bikeriders. Photographs by Danny Lyon. Twin Palms, Santa Fe, 1997. 100 pp. Quarto. SIGNED and numbered deluxe limited edition of 150. Clothbound in photo-ilustrated dust jacket. Debossed black linen slipcase. 48 sheet-fed gravure illustrations.
Thirty years after the only printing of Danny Lyon's classic The Bikeriders, Twin Palms recreated his masterpiece. Though the format is faithful to the original, the quality of printing and production is the ultimate fulfillment of a book that has become extremely collectable based solely on its content.
In the niche of photo documentary that takes as its subject American subcultures, Lyon's 1968 book ranks as a true classic. It is included in both The Book of 101 Books and The Photobook: A History, vol. I. As Parr and Badger write, The Bikeriders, an important and influential work, was one of the first books to bring a new genre to late twentieth century photography...Lyon photographed communities from the inside, making them an integral part of his life for the duration of the project...[it] represented a significant step in 1960s American photography, not only launching an important photographic career, but also giving a younger generation of photographers a spokesman...understanding instinctively not only their hopes and aspirations, but also why they were rebelling against all kinds of adult authority."