LIFE photographer Bill Ray spent some time with the motorcycle gang Hells Angels in 1965. During his time with them, he was able to take amazing snapshots of the lives of the gang members.
“When we do right, nobody remembers. When we do wrong, nobody forgets.” – Hells Angels
The motto of the Hells Angels encapsulates how society sees them. Hells Angels is a motorcycle gang associated with organized crime. They are famous for riding their Harley-Davidson motorcycles and wearing cut offs with the Hells Angels insignia. In 1965, LIFE photographer Bill Ray, and writer Joe Bride spent weeks with the notorious gang. However, the photos weren’t published on the magazine since majority the readers of LIFE magazine might not be too keen on seeing how these men lived.
Bill Ray recalls the time that he spent with the gang and even said that he got along well with them, even having fondness for some of the members. At first, the Angels seemed scary but as he spent time with them, he got a glimpse of what life like was for the Hells Angels. These men had no jobs and would spend days riding their motorcycles and visiting bars. Several weeks with the Hells Angels is enough to see how their daily routine. Bill Ray was able to capture these moments through his photos.
Here are some photos of the Hells Angels by Bill Ray:
This is a tribute to one of the most famous French social and street photographers, Robert Doisneau. During his life he was able to capture many little moments of everyday Parisian life with humanity and grace. His photos, full of poetry and humor, tell the ordinary life in the suburbs of the big French capital, away from the richest central areas of the city. Read more after the jump!
James Petrozzello is a New York based photographer currently residing in Brooklyn. He is a full time photographer and has shot portraits of Mick Jagger, Bill Clinton, Wane Gretzky, and Shaquille O’Neal, among others. He took a different approach to shooting with the Petzval Lens and tells us of his unique but interesting series of photographs in this interview.
Back in the 1990s, Gilbert Blecken was a big music fan and wrote for his own small music fanzine. He would interview bands in between sound checks and take photographs of them. He was never a professional photographer or worked for a company; he simply did it for his fanzine. Twenty years on, Gilbert’s photographs have matured into an amazing documentation of some of the biggest music icons of that era. We caught up with Gilbert to ask him about these photographs and the fascinating story behind them.
Before he became a professional photographer, Cor Jaring loaded and unloaded ships. During his free time, he photographed fellow Dutch laborers. When he left the docks to pursue photography, he still sought the underdogs and created little cinemas of the marginal life—all the way in Japan.
Canadian-born Ian Taylor is a full-time photographer specializing in kids and development work. It all started when his five siblings started having children at the same time he was into photography. This passion then spiraled into something amazing, and now Ian works primarily with kids, shooting them when they are in their purest form. Based in Asia, Ian has agreed to share this amazing series of photos he shot with his Petzval Art Lens in Cambodia and Thailand. He also shared with us some of his insights and views on photography.
This article is dedicated to a very unconventional photographer, the Los Angeles-born conceptual artist Christoper Williams. With his two recent books, "The Production Line of Happiness" and "Printed in Germany," he invites us to reflect about how contemporary aesthetic conventions are able to influence our understanding of reality.
Get the perfect self-portraits or group photos with your friends with this instant camera! This camera allows you to be picture ready with its mirror next to the lens and gives you an idea where is best to smile!
His work has been featured in countless magazines and art galleries worldwide and his personal style is distinct but easily recognizable: vivid, dramatic, colorful and eccentric. Lukasz Wierzbowski loves shooting in sunny late afternoons — when golden rays cover everything. His photographs, however, are the result of an amazingly keen eye, able to work wonders in all kinds of scenarios, sunny or otherwise.
In the 80s, Rick Smolan sent 100 photographers on a "mission impossible" project throughout Australia. He had them tell the story of a day— in pictures. Their snapshots comprise the now classic "A Day in the Life" series.
Today’s featured member, Herbert, gives the impression that he is interested in people as much as he loves cameras—and he has many vintage treasures. Even a casual snapshot of his has a story that suggests curiosity about the people he photographs.
Harvey Wang has spent much of his career photographing vanishing traditions. Now that his own field is in a transition to digital, he explores the implications with Elliott Erwitt, Sally Mann and Jerome Liebling.
LomoAmigo Heison Ng has once again shot a brilliant series of photographs. Last time, he shared photographs taken with the New Russar+ Lens mounted on his Sony A7 Camera during a trip to Paris and Barcelona. This time around, he created minimalist yet moody black and white photos, still with the New Russar+ Lens. Brace yourselves for his newest collection of New Russar+ Lens photographs!
Moved by the breathtaking scenery he witnessed during his frequent hikes, Ivaylo was encouraged to take photographs. When not indulging in the beauty of nature though, he rummages busy streets and abandoned buildings in search of poetic images. Meet our Newcomer of the Week from Sofia, Bulgaria—Ivaylo.