Occupy Broadway
  • Occupy LA, Demonstration Broadway Downtown, 2011

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

    http://www.bleakbeauty.com

BERNIE SANDERS IN ABQ

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

More Bernie civil rights photos found!

The slander that Bernie was not a very early leader for African American civil rights got so outrageous that persons went into the archives of the University of Chicago and changed captions on Danny Lyon’s 1962 photos, claiming it was Bruce Rappaport standing in Bernie’s clothing leading the demonstration in the Ad Building. These newly … Continue reading

Bernie Sanders Leads 1962 Sit-in

In 1962  I was the student photographer at the University of Chicago, making pictures for the yearbook, the Alumni Magazine and the student paper, The Maroon. By the summer of 1962 I had taken my camera  into the deep South, and become the first photographer for SNCC. In January of 1962,  at the University of Chicago, there was … Continue reading

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

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

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