Bikers ride their motorcycles through Montana while in the area for 82nd Sturgis Bike Rally, an annual gathering that sees between 500,000 to 750,000 bikers in the black hills area of South Dakota.

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Memories for the Things You Don't Remember

Liam Kennedy | United States

Liam Kennedy's "Memories for the Things You Don’t Remember" is a photographic essay covering more than 50,000 miles of American terrain chronicling the modern-day biker from the saddle of a chopper.

In the last decade, there has been a resurgence of “choppers,” or custom motorcycles built in one’s garage, that mixes artistry and craftsmanship while paying homage to trends of the past.

Kennedy explores complicated themes of the leather-clad, violent and burly bikers, uncovering a tenderness and tribal approach to freedom in an uncertain world.

Though his images he reimagines American pop culture narrative and the relevance of a new generation of bikers; many of whom embrace nonconformity and forge bonds with man and machine, often sacrificing life, limb and acceptance in exchange for their own authenticity.

Liam Kennedy is a Nashville based photojournalist who primarily focuses on natural disasters, conflict and the modern-day biker.

 Kennedy has been photographing for more than 10 years, eight of which while serving in the Navy as a Mass Communication Specialist. While serving, he documented complex stories such as everyday life  at sea, special forces and the aftermath of natural disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Hurricane Irma in the US Virgin Islands and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. 

Recently Kennedy has documented the war in Ukraine, the Jackson, Miss. water crisis, Hurricane Ian and the tornado that ravaged Western Kentucky.  

Kennedy was selected to attended the Syracuse Military Photojournalism program in 2016 and has participated in the Eddy Adams Workshop in 2021 and Mountain Workshops Photojournalism program in 2022. 

Kennedy works full time for Gannett and his freelance work is represented by Redux Pictures. He has been featured by Mother Jones, Bloomberg, CNN, Getty, Radio Free Europe, BBC and ABC World News Tonight. 


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