Nathaniel Welch, photographer and friend of motorcycle enthusiast Jesse James, captured the grease monkey and welder in his new book, Jesse James and His Beautiful Machines. The 115 black-and-white photographs expose James in his natural habitat: his West Coast Choppers factory in Long Beach, California. Its an adrenaline-filled day for these guys, grinding and welding and bending metal, Welch says about his sessions with James and his team. Ive got a feeling for most of them: At the end of the day, when they get home, the silence is deafeningat least thats how I would feel at the end of the day when I was working on the book.
Fri., Feb. 22, 6 p.m., 2008