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Contact Photography Festival Daily Pick: Danny Lyon

Where Toronto brings you a new image for each day of the 2013 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, which runs throughout May with exhibitions at more than 175 venues across the city.

Today’s top Contact Photography Festival pick:

Photo: Etherton Gallery and Stephen Bulger Gallery

© Etherton Gallery and Stephen Bulger Gallery

Photo: Crossing the Ohio, Louisville, 1966
Artist: Danny Lyon
Exhibition: From May 11 to June 15, the camera’s power to record for the masses places, people and events that would otherwise be clandestine is observed at Stephen Bulger Gallery, which this month features Danny Lyon’s seminal “Bikeriders” series of images. Shot between 1963 and ’67, Lyon’s photos represent a pioneering effort in the then-novel field of participatory journalism. In the manner of contemporaries like Hunter S. Thompson and George Plimpton, Lyon fully immersed himself in his subject—in this case, Chicago’s Outlaws motorcycle club, of which he became a member—to provide an intimate and truly authentic view of an American counterculture.

Check back daily for more Contact Photography Festival coverage, and visit scotiabankcontactphoto.com for more information about this exhibition!

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