Growing up in rural Central New York, Chris promptly moved to NYC right out of high school and later earned his BFA in Photography from SUNY Purchase. After doing a 4-year stint enlisted in the US Navy, he attended The School of Visual Arts...
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Covering:USA & Canada
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Messenger Track bikes are commonly referred to as “fixies” (short for fixed gear) while originally made for racing on a velodrome racetrack, have had a surge of popularity over the last two decades as great courier bikes for riding the city. There are no gears, no coasting, feet strapped in, and no breaks requiring the rider to backpedal to slow momentum. Their popularity is due to their mechanical simplicity, low cost, and lightweight. Favored by purists, they are often customized extensively by their rider as a means of personal expression and pride. This is my “All-City Thunderdome” Aluminum Track bike I built from scratch. It weighs less than 20 lbs whereas the average steel frame comes in at 50-60.
DANA Messenger for Urban Stems and part-time racer for track and cyclocross. While traditionally being a male-driven industry, there have been significant advances for WTF peoples in working and riding on bikes. There is still much to be improved upon but it is no longer uncommon to see women slinging packages while racing between taxis.
Co-owned by Anna and Shawn Wolf, (Anna is a Morrisey fan, hence the shop name) the shop serves as a hangout spot before or after catching the nearby Williamsburg Bridge into Manhattan. You never know who you’ll run into there while grabbing a coffee and a spare tube.
The bike shop runs different workshops and events throughout the year including a number of events to get more femme-identifying riders on the road such as this W/T/F gear swap. Riders raid their closets for extra bike parts and apparel gaining dust and bring it in to trade for usable gear. What isn’t traded or claimed is donated to a local youth cyclist organization.
MONSTERTRACK XX One of the most famous “Alley Cat” (street) races in the country if not the world going on it’s 20th year. Cyclists and predominantly bike messengers new and old flock from all over to put there street smarts and riding abilities to the test. Racers all start at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village of Manhattan. Helmets required and break-less track bikes only to participate.
RACING MANIFEST The racing Manifest for most Alley Cat Races is a list of checkpoints that can be done in any order the racer chooses. This is a representation of a messenger’s delivery manifest. It behooves a messenger (often working on commission) to know the best routes between drop off points.
RACE START Bikes are all lane down together in the park. From a distance, the racers are bull-horned the location of the first manifest. A running start to their bikes immediately after starts the race.
“Bike Days" is an immersive project focused on my time spent as a NYC bicycle courier and part-time bike shop employee from 2017-2019. It was created during a turbulent time of my life in the wake of my father's death during my thesis year of grad school and the years after. Somehow I fell into cycling and in many ways, it had managed to get me through my grief in ways nothing else could. Riding in NYC was more thrilling than anything I have ever experienced in my life thus far and in an effort to document the experience and individuals I met along the way, I began assembling this project. The work was originally made casually, often shot on film and concludes with images from the largest and possibly longest-running alleycat street race; "Monstertrack". The race brings messengers in from all over the world who are tasked with getting a manifest initialed at various checkpoints spread out across the city. Beakless track bikes aka *fixies* bikes and a helmet are the only requirements. 2019, in particular, has been rough on the NYC cyclist community with a death count presently sitting at 27 as of writing this. After two messenger colleagues were killed in truck accidents working in the city this summer, I decided to retire completely from bike work and accepted a photo residency in Raleigh, NC and began putting this project together as a means of reflection. The current situation in the city still has no clear solution and given the continuing increase in cyclists per year, one can only assume the worst for future statistics. When I sit with these images, I do crave justice for cycling deaths that often go unprosecuted and for better laws protecting cyclists in general. I have to ask myself though if perhaps I'm also being proud (given the lifestyle) and what solution can I provide? These are hard questions.