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Torello Tacchi's Back, London, New Hampshire

A work made of chromogenic print.

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  • A work made of chromogenic print.

Date:

c. 1966

Artist:

Danny Lyon
American, born 1942

About this artwork

A photographer, filmmaker, and writer, Danny Lyon has become known for immersing himself in the lives of his subjects, whether civil rights protesters in the South or prisoners of the Texas penitentiary system. Beginning in 1963, he spent four years with the Chicago Outlaws, a renegade motorcycle club, photographing its members and their activities. He published the photographs in a 1968 book titled The Bikeriders, a visual and textual documentary of American motorcycle gangs; he dedicated it to Hugh Edwards, at that time curator of photography at the Art Institute, who had given him early encouragement. Combining photographs with transcribed interviews and Outlaws’ monologues, the project was, as Lyon wrote, intended to “record and glorify the life of the American bikerider.” Though the book only reproduced work in black and white, Lyon also shot in color, having first done so in 1964 when he photographed Colombian prostitutes.

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Artist

Danny Lyon

Title

Torello Tacchi's Back, London, New Hampshire

Origin

Brooklyn

Date

Made 1961–1971

Medium

Chromogenic print

Inscriptions

Unmarked recto; inscribed verso, lower left, diagonally, in graphite: "Danny Lyon / FD [?]"

Dimensions

43 × 29.9 cm (image); 50.4 × 40.5 cm (paper)

Credit Line

Gift of Hugh Edwards

Reference Number

1986.1205

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