• Occupy LA, Demonstration Broadway Downtown, 2011

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


2015 Lucie Award, Achievement in Documentary

Lyon has been awarded the 2015 Lucie Award in Documentary Photography. His son, the artist Noah Lyon (Retardriot.com) was able to slip off from the ceremony in Carnegie Hall to document his father’s Lucie in the men’s room.

The dominoes players, Walls Unit, Texas Department of Corrections.

Richard B Woodward’s Analysis of Danny Lyon’s work in the Texas Prisons

Richard B Woodward has published a interesting analysis of Danny Lyon’s work in the Texas Prison. Woodward’s writing follows: “The career of Danny Lyon, soon to be retrospected at the Whitney Museum of American Art, has been bumpier than his current Old Master status would indicate. When he began taking pictures in the 1960s, the … Continue reading

Conversations with the Dead

After being out of print for 45 years Conversations with the Dead is being rereleased. This edition has been updated with a new afterword by Lyon. http://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/an-unfinished-prison-story

Lyon to receive the Lucie Award in documentary photography 

http://www.lucies.org/honorees/danny-lyon/ “Conversations with the Dead” has been re-issued after 45 years by Phaidon. A remarkable facimile edition has been produced by Sue Medlicott and Nerissa Vales working with Phaidon and will be available at the Houk Gallery in nyc.  There is a signing at Houk at 6pm on Sept 9, and at the Strand in … Continue reading

Julian Bond

    A Generation is Vanishing   The sudden loss of Julian Bond is stunning and historic. One of the founders of the SNCC, the late James Forman recruited him for SNCC when he saw from his resume that Julian was a journalism major.   Eighteen months later I was also recruited by Forman because of … Continue reading

Charleston Church Shootings

I am listening to Mahalia Jackson. Never since the struggle to overthrow segregation in the South has there been such an endless stream of grim racial headlines. The lynching of Emmitt Till, the murder of the Maryland postman William Moore, the bombing of the Freedom Riders’ bus, the bombing   of the 16th Street Baptist Church, … Continue reading

The Great Prison escape ends with Murder and Humiliation

The Great Prison Escape from New York’s Dannemora Penitentiary is over. Richard Matt and David Sweat had been alluding capture in the dense Adirondack woods as a thousand men, many of them New York State Troopers, and dogs failed to find them , in one of the biggest manhunts in New York history. Matt and … Continue reading

Prison Escape

The escape of two inmates from New York State’s Dannemora Prison has received much national coverage. We love to read about prison escapes because we like prison escapes. Why? Is it our once beloved “root for the underdog” mindset? Is it  the sheer drama of two “murderers, nitwits, lowlife’s, lifers, etc’s” ability to out do all the massive … Continue reading

Black Folks Run

    The murder of Mr Walter Scott, a fifty-year-oldcoast guard veteran, father and Born Again Christian, by an on duty officer of the law in Summerville, South Carolina fills us with horror and shame.  It’s as if the dark side of America, the cancer that supported the enslavement of Africans, that raped American Indians and murdered them wholesale in their villages, that killed … Continue reading

A SNCC Photographer reviews “Selma”

      James Agee wrote that mediocre films are alot more interesting to discuss than great ones.   “Selma” is a very stimulating film but not a very good one. Made by the director Ava DuVernay , it was her first chance to make a big budget film, a very ambitious film, and in that … Continue reading

“Kill The Koch Brothers” a grade school play

“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 the Thanksgiving play when I was … Continue reading

Underground 1966


Lyon made the original chromes in 1966 using a Rollieflex. Because the slow speed of the film and low light levels many were time exposures. Lyon spent New Year’s Eve of 1966 riding the subway with his Rollie. These are on large 4 by 5 foot light boxes and will be displayed for one year inside the Atlantic Ave Station in Brooklyn.


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