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. “It’s an adrenaline-filled day for these guys, grinding and welding and bending metal,” Welch says about his sessions with James and his team. “I’ve got a feeling for most of them: At the end of the day, when they get home, the silence is deafening—at least that’s how I would feel at the end of the day when I was working on the book.”

Fri., Feb. 22, 6 p.m., 2008

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