Deep Sea Diver: Danny Lyon in China, 2005-2009
Beginning with an invitation as an “honored guest” at the 2005 Ping Yao Photo Festival, Lyon left the walls of the ancient city to photograph an opera, presented on a raised wooden platform to the mostly older residents. That led to six trips to China, all to Shanxi, a highly polluted coal producing province in the Northwest Corner, bordering outer Mongolia. His team of helpers included Aquago the fixer, Ji the driver, and Lolly, then a college student and translator from Taiyuan, the capitol of Shanxi. The facsimile book produced by Phaidon (link), reproduces Lyon’s entire text and hand-made album of silver prints. The pictures were made on Tri-X negative, the 8 by 10 prints in Lyon’s darkroom on the now defunct Bergman paper.
This is a selection of the photographs.