Acclaimed photographer Spencer Murphy has spent the past few years exploring the subculture of dirt bikers in London, capturing an unchartered underground ‘BikeLife’ scene that is growing in popularity. In the face of the law and a hostile public, dirt bikes, quads and mopeds tear up tarmac and pull stunts on industrial estates and disused airstrips on weekends for secret ride-outs, demonstrating immense skill as they pull all manner of stunts.
Book four in the Tales from the City series by independent publisher Hoxton Mini Press, the book lifts the lid on London’s most misunderstood subculture. Murphy’s accomplished portraits capture the style and attitude of a movement that is life or death for its followers, and his images are accompanied by a selection of quotes giving us an insight into the minds of these thrill-seeking riders.
Spencer Murphy is a fine art and commercial photographer based in London. Best known for his portrait photography, in 2013 he won the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, his work having been selected for the exhibition six times beforehand. Spencer’s personal work is often concerned with the notion of the outsider; those who live an alternative, rebel lifestyle away from – or in spite of – our preconceptions of what is deemed to be normal.
PUBLISHED: 11th May 2017