Occupy Broadway
  • Occupy LA, Demonstration Broadway Downtown, 2011

    Danny Lyon is a photo-journalist, writer and filmmaker.


Burn Zone

Burn Zone, is Danny Lyon’s newest published work. Burn Zone is a Cri de Coeur directed at the artist community and our youth asking them to join the fight to save planet Earth. In it, photographer and filmmaker Danny Lyon, tells the story of his return to New Mexico after thirty years and the dramatic … Continue reading

Two New Publications from Danny Lyon

The Story of Sam and Burn Zone are available now. Click on the images inside of this post or the titles below to order.

The Artist and the Congressman

John Lewis with Danny Lyon at the Whitney in front of the 1963 picture Lyon made as SNCC’s Julian Bond and John Lewis stand before the ruins of the 16th Street Baptist church in Birmingham. The previous morning a KKK bomb had killed four young girls inside the church. “The Artist and the Congressman” a … Continue reading

The New York Review of Books: What I Couldn’t Say Myself

The New York Review of Books writes about Lyon’s films in Message to the Future. http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2016/07/20/danny-lyon-whitney-films-what-i-couldnt-say-myself/

John Lewis leads fight for Gun Control

Remarkably, a seventy-five year old has appeared on the national stage as the most visible  and eloquent spokesman for the gun control movement.  Congressman John Lewis has not been this effective a leader since he was badly beaten by police and sheriff’s deputies on the Edmund Petty Bridge, a “hate crime” that was shown live … Continue reading

MassAppeal on Message to the Future

Photographer Danny Lyon Offers “Message to the Future” In Whitney Retrospective


That he is gone leaves us with nothing but sadness. If anyone deserved a longer life, it was he. He was the Greatest. With his death we lose that best living example of what we, as a nation, so desperately need. Muhammad Ali had integrity. Ali said no to money. He cared much more deeply about … Continue reading


Natives in regalia, youngsters with and without tattoos, Latinos with babies in their laps, Anglos and African Americans, and a few supporters with their dogs in their laps. 9,000 Nuevo Mexicanos crammed the Albuquerque Civic Center to hear the most progressive politician of my generation speak. The hall rocked with cheers with almost every one … Continue reading

Danny Lyon: Message to the Future

Danny Lyon: Message to the Future, a retrospective of photography, film and audio work from the last fifty years will open at the new Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan on June 17. Curated by Julian Cox of the de Young Museum, working with Elisabeth Sussman at the Whitney, the show  covers about 8,000 … Continue reading

Painter, Lenny Contino

Lenny Contino, the painter, died on March 10, 2016 at 4:50 AM in Queens. He was seventy-six years old and the most courageous person I have ever known.  He spent most of his life in a wheel chair. Nancy and I visited Lenny in his Ozone Park home about fourteen months ago. When I asked … Continue reading

“Kill The Koch Brothers” a grade school play

Originally posted on Bleak Beauty Blog:
“Kill The Koch Brothers” a grade school play This blog is posted in honor of the United Nations Summit on climate change in Lima, Peru. I was seated in the front row of the theater at the Lab School of the University of Chicago anxiously awaiting the start of…

John Lewis, Bernie Sanders, “What is the Truth?”

47,851 have visited this site since we posted the pictures I made of young Bernie Sanders in 1962. They came looking for the truth. Three major news organizations have used a photograph I made of Bernie Sanders as a twenty year old student at the University of Chicago to attack his campaign and to denigrate … Continue reading