Deeply immersed in the biker scene, Bryan Helm has documented motorcycle culture through his photography for over 20 years. "FTW-Forever Two Wheels"showcases the images that Bryan has captured over the years, chronicling the unique characters, beautiful motorcycles, stunt riders, racers, and celebrity bike builders he has encountered riding his Harley across the country to bike rallies and vintage races.
“I have the utmost respect for the racers, flat trackers, hooligans, board trackers, drag racers … they put a lot on the line." Bryan Helm
A Fine Art and Commercial Photographer based in Brooklyn, NY.
As a younger photographer in 1998 I was pretty enamoured with documenting the whole motorcycle culture: badass bikes; colorful, grisly, tattooed characters; beautiful, interesting women; leather; and loud music were pretty enticing. Dipping my toes in, I may have been a little trepidatious photographing everything at the time. But as the years went on, and I started making several friends and acquaintances, it really helped me gain access and more confidence. Approaching strangers, striking up a conversation, then being granted the opportunity to take some great photos was always, and still is very rewarding to me. In turn leading to photographing a multitude of people with interesting personalities, as well as celebrity bike builders, including Indian Larry, Paul Cox, and Billy Lane, to name a few. Over the years he has started to cover more of the vintage bike races and events throughout North America and Europe.
Luerzer's Archive has selected him numerous times for their Top 200 Advertising Photographers Worldwide publications. He has also won various awards with Communication Arts, AI-AP, ADCC, Black and White Spider Awards and Applied Arts.
Bryan has a pretty broad range of appreciation for different cultures, and is always searching for the new and unexpected. Never shy, Bryan is happy to jump on his bike last minute and go on any adventure.
FTW-FOREVER TWO WHEELS ARTWORKS
Helm & Ewing Collaboration
Helm has collaborated with artist Brian Ewing on exclusive posters for this show.
Brian Ewing is a Rock Poster artist and Tattoo artist - residing in Columbus, OH. Ewing has worked in the music industry creating Rock Posters for the past 19 years.
Designing for bands and Music Festivals such as Metallica, Megadeth, N.E.R.D., Warped Tour, Hellfest, Anthrax, Weezer, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, and Iggy Pop.
He also freelances with many publications such as Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Hustler, Dark Horse Comics, Skybound, Z2 Comics, and The New Yorker.
Brian splits his time between tattooing and designing concert posters.
Ewing appears in the documentaries JUST LIKE BEING THERE and MAKING IT.