Today we got some sample pictures from a photo book titled “San Francisco Bicycle Messenger Photo Book” by Beryl Fine.
It is a portrait study of 23 messengers she compiled over the last two years and it has recently been finished and now released for limited sale.
We’ve included some images and the book cover for your viewing pleasure and also the press release with a few words about her photography.
San Francisco Bike Messenger Photo Book
Photos by Beryl Fine
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 book.
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 is now available at www.berylfine.com