Beryl Fine is a photographer based in San Francisco, who strives tofind beauty in the unconventional; her photos are bold, yet they expose afrailty that is so inherent in human nature. For this project, she photographed23 bike messengers, men and women, who are all represented in the book.
Known asurban street messengers, today the modern bike messenger stands synonymous with their predecessors, the pony express, but rather thana horse or pony their trusted steed rides between their legs on two wheels.They’re gritty. Foul mouthed, rough and tough street couriers. Glamour aside,these men and women have an unforgiving job keeping them outside in sun andsleet, rain or shine, riding for good or bad. They remain lurkers of the urbanstreets wheeling between buses, semi trucks, taxis and oblivious streetpedestrians, delivering the valuable documents that keep the wheels of progressturning.
SanFrancisco Bicycle Messengers, created by Beryl Fine, captures the charm andthe obscurity. The rough exterior and the human character has beentaken and abstracted by the camera’s 35mm lens, to revile honest portraits ofthese men and women.
San Francisco Bicycle Messengers, a 100-page photo book, with a silk-screened cover illustrated by MikeGiant. A portion of the proceeds benefit the SFBMA Broken Bones fund.
Here is a taste of the series: