American Bikers: Sandro Miller
Bikers have a reputation, whether accurate or exaggerated, of being rebels at the least, and criminals at the most. Jeffery and I have been ardent fans of Sons of Anarchy since the beginning, and have often wondered how accurate the life is that is being portrayed in the show. Is the show an exaggeration of real life, or vice versa? Despite the fact that things like honor and family are of paramount importance, it is a way of living that I cannot come close to imagining. Photographer Sandro Miller looked beyond the stereotypes of these motorcyclists and found something intimate and real. Attending a biker rally in 1990, which was put on to raise money for a charity for severely disabled children, Miller saw the kind hearts and love that existed in this “family”. He saw aspects of this life that we don’t see on TV or on the news. For the next five years, Miller set out to capture these intimate and revealing portraits of bikers from around the country and, although every subject is staring straight at the camera with full confidence and no fear, there is a humanity that exists which we wouldn’t necessarily expect. Unfortunately, the book, American Bikers, seems to be out of print, but you can find used copies here.