Ethan White loves sliding more than anything in the Hooligan Races at TMMR

TMMR Recap: Busting Out in Tennessee

Sean and I made it! This event was our first real outing in almost 15-months, and to say we enjoyed being out with friends, seeing fantastic bikes, Tennessee, the change of scenery (Sean’s first time there!), the energy and smiles on all the faces would be the understatement of the

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Sturgis and the ’80s

As I see it, the history of Sturgis is the history of our motorcycle subculture, and our subculture tells the bigger story of our country’s history. It shows in the fashions, the trends, the economic ups and downs as well as the politics. This may be more obvious in the

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Arlen Ness: The King of Customs (1939-2019)

It was just a few weeks ago that we hit the second anniversary of the passing of Arlen Ness. Given that I started photographing Arlen almost 40-years ago and our long relationship that followed, I thought it appropriate that I dedicate this first DK blogpost on a builder, to Arlen’s

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Sturgis and the ’70s

For those of you who may not be familiar with me or my photography, I look forward to introducing myself to you through this and future blog posts as part of my new relationship with Dennis Kirk. In recent years, Dennis Kirk developed their “Garage Build” program to support and

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About michael

In 1977, after a stint simultaneously playing drums in a BeBop jazz band, bussing tables in a restaurant and doing personal photography, Michael decided he was a better photographer than a drummer and hung up the sticks. It was during this time that he started riding his 1971 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead (which he still owns) and photographing bikers. This work, along with a series on cowboys, was exhibited in group and solo exhibitions over the next few years. Prints were included in private and public collections, most notably by ARCO (Atlantic Richfield Corp.) and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, in Paris.

 

GETTING STARTED

In 1979, Easyriders started to publish some of Michael’s motorcycle photography. He photographed a number of smaller events and features specifically for them, proved his abilities and then was off on his third trip to Sturgis in 1981, now on assignment for Easyriders, for whom he has returned there ever since. Also in 1981, after a solo exhibition of his work at the Gallery of Photography in Dublin, Ireland, which was boycotted by the League of Decency, Michael became disillusioned with the “art world” and again changed course. He stopped publicly exhibiting his photographs in favor of publishing his motorcycle work in Easyriders and simultaneously began developing his career as a commercial advertising and corporate photographer. By 1982, his studio was open in Boulder, Colorado. It wasn’t long before he developed a clientele that included companies like IBM, Sun Microsystems and Kraft Foods.

 

WORLDWIDE INFLUENCE

Motorcycle and commercial assignments have taken Michael across America and abroad to Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand. While he has published more than 1,000 articles on motorcycling and custom bikes, he has also photographed annual reports, product photography, advertising, brochures and posters. The diversity of subject matter included two cookbooks, covers for more than 60 beer magazines and the same for audio magazines. His commercial motorcycle work has grown over the years to include magazines around the world and commercial clients like Indian Motorcycles, Big Dog Motorcycles, Wiley-X Sunglasses, Harley-Davidson, Nikon Cameras and many of the best custom bike builders in America.

 

To learn more about Michael and see more of his work, visit his website: lichterphoto.com

Ethan White loves sliding more than anything in the Hooligan Races at TMMR

TMMR Recap: Busting Out in Tennessee

Sean and I made it! This event was our first real outing in almost 15-months, and to say we enjoyed being out with friends, seeing fantastic bikes, Tennessee, the change of scenery (Sean’s first time there!), the energy and smiles on all the faces would be the understatement of the

Read More »

Sturgis and the ’80s

As I see it, the history of Sturgis is the history of our motorcycle subculture, and our subculture tells the bigger story of our country’s history. It shows in the fashions, the trends, the economic ups and downs as well as the politics. This may be more obvious in the

Read More »

Arlen Ness: The King of Customs (1939-2019)

It was just a few weeks ago that we hit the second anniversary of the passing of Arlen Ness. Given that I started photographing Arlen almost 40-years ago and our long relationship that followed, I thought it appropriate that I dedicate this first DK blogpost on a builder, to Arlen’s

Read More »

Sturgis and the ’70s

For those of you who may not be familiar with me or my photography, I look forward to introducing myself to you through this and future blog posts as part of my new relationship with Dennis Kirk. In recent years, Dennis Kirk developed their “Garage Build” program to support and

Read More »

About michael

In 1977, after a stint simultaneously playing drums in a BeBop jazz band, bussing tables in a restaurant and doing personal photography, Michael decided he was a better photographer than a drummer and hung up the sticks. It was during this time that he started riding his 1971 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead (which he still owns) and photographing bikers. This work, along with a series on cowboys, was exhibited in group and solo exhibitions over the next few years. Prints were included in private and public collections, most notably by ARCO (Atlantic Richfield Corp.) and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, in Paris.

 

GETTING STARTED

In 1979, Easyriders started to publish some of Michael’s motorcycle photography. He photographed a number of smaller events and features specifically for them, proved his abilities and then was off on his third trip to Sturgis in 1981, now on assignment for Easyriders, for whom he has returned there ever since. Also in 1981, after a solo exhibition of his work at the Gallery of Photography in Dublin, Ireland, which was boycotted by the League of Decency, Michael became disillusioned with the “art world” and again changed course. He stopped publicly exhibiting his photographs in favor of publishing his motorcycle work in Easyriders and simultaneously began developing his career as a commercial advertising and corporate photographer. By 1982, his studio was open in Boulder, Colorado. It wasn’t long before he developed a clientele that included companies like IBM, Sun Microsystems and Kraft Foods.

 

WORLDWIDE INFLUENCE

Motorcycle and commercial assignments have taken Michael across America and abroad to Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand. While he has published more than 1,000 articles on motorcycling and custom bikes, he has also photographed annual reports, product photography, advertising, brochures and posters. The diversity of subject matter included two cookbooks, covers for more than 60 beer magazines and the same for audio magazines. His commercial motorcycle work has grown over the years to include magazines around the world and commercial clients like Indian Motorcycles, Big Dog Motorcycles, Wiley-X Sunglasses, Harley-Davidson, Nikon Cameras and many of the best custom bike builders in America.

 

To learn more about Michael and see more of his work, visit his website: lichterphoto.com