San Francisco is a colourful city.
Beryl Fine has put to print a selection of 2 years work. Includes wheeled legends that I worked with during my daze in SF.
One of her prints has become further iconic thanks to Mike Giant.
Beryl Fine is a photographer based in San Francisco, who
strives to find beauty in the unconventional; her photos are
bold, yet they expose a frailty that is so inherent in human
nature. For this project, she photographed 23 bike
messengers, men and women, who are all represented in the
Known as urban street messengers, today the modern bike
messenger stands synonymous with their predecessors, the
pony express, but rather than a 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 and sleet, rain or shine, riding
for good or bad. They remain lurkers of the urban streets
wheeling between buses, semi trucks, taxis and oblivious
street pedestrians, delivering the valuable documents that
keep the wheels of progress turning.
San Francisco Bicycle Messengers, created by Beryl Fine,
captures the charm and the obscurity. The rough exterior
and the human character has been taken and abstracted by the
camera’s 35mm lens, to revile honest portraits of these
men and women.
San Francisco Bicycle Messengers, a 100-page photo book,
with a silk-screened cover illustrated by Mike Giant. A
limited edition of 500 copies will be available May 1st
and some fyx snippets of SF