Special Collections has recently acquired a book of photographs by Daniel Teoli, a social documentarian. The book is titled Bikers’ Mardi Gras, and it features motorcycle clubs and enthusiasts celebrating Mardi Gras throughout the United States between the years 2012 and 2015.
The images depict the internal culture of bikers at parties and gatherings, and range from portraits to candid shots and pictures of modified and carefully-crafted motorcycles. A large number of the photographs depict nudity or sexual acts.
Special Collections has two other artists’ books by Teoli:
- Cutters : there is nothing I hate more than myself : words and photographs by those practicing self-harm / N7433.4.T46 C88 2014 Art
- Twenty-six roadkills / N7433.4. T46 T94 2013 Art Ovrsz
Teoli’s photography challenges mainstream notions of societal boundaries and frequently forces the viewer to confront uncomfortable images and realities that are often ignored or that remain unconsidered.