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.

From ARTnews | Close Encounters: The Danny Lyon Retrospective at the Whitney Museum is Quietly Brilliant


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

Outsiders fill compelling Danny Lyon photography show


MassAppeal on Message to the Future

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

The photojournalist who became an ‘outlaw’


Come for the Photos, Stay for the Films: Danny Lyon at the Whitney



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

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

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

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

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

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