Michael Pry: The Harley Portraits

August 30 - November 30, 2013

In honor of this year's Harley-Davidson's 110th Anniversary Celebration, RAM presents over 15 portraits captured by Michael Pry, now in the collection of the Racine Art Museum.

In 2003, Michael Pry captured the images of several event attendees using his large format camera. Printed directly from the original 5 x 7 inch negatives, Pry's black-and-white photographic portraits-taken in a tent on the event grounds-chronicle, in the artist's own words, "the people that ride." While the similar format-rider(s) posed on a chair and facing the camera in a full body shot-lends a visual continuity, the individuality and character of each Harley rider is revealed through Pry's careful handling of his subject matter.

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
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Photographs were also published in a 2004 book, Harley Nation: A Visual Tour. Softbound editions available here.

 

 

EXHIBITION EVENTS

Michael Pry
Bob, Harley-Davidson Technician, Master of Technology,
Midland, North Carolina, BPMC (Black Piston Motorcycle Club
, 2003
Silver gelatin print
Michael Pry
Carla, Commercial Roofer, Waukesha, Wisconsin
Cindy, Housewife, El Paso, Texas
, 2003
Silver gelatin print
Michael Pry
Ken, Computer Programmer, Carnation, Washington, 2003
Silver gelatin print
Michael Pry
John, Engineer, Dallas, Texas, 2003
Silver gelatin print
Michael Pry
Yuko, Student, Tokyo, Japan
Seiji “Jack Daniels”, Student, Tokyo, Japan
Maya, Student, Tokyo, Japan
, 2003
Silver gelatin print
 
This exhibition is made possible by Presenting Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, The Estate of Emile H. Mathis II,in Memory of his Parents: Emil H. and Anna T. Mathis, SC Johnson, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors - National Endowment for the Arts, Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors - Elwood Corporation, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, Racine Community Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc., Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - The A.C. Buhler Family, CNH America LLC, Corner House, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Norbell Foundation, Real Racine, Robert W. Baird & Co., Runzheimer Foundation, Ruud Family Foundation.