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

Climate March, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Audio file after the jump >>>

New commentary on The Bikeriders

http://www.guernicamag.com/art/outlaws-territory/ Out in Guernica Magazine. Outlaw’s Territory by Rebecca Bengal – Disregarding Hunter S. Thompson’s advice, Danny Lyon set off to “record and glorify the life of the American bikerider.”

The Great Climate March


The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was a less than exciting name also. No one could say it. No one could remember it. But the SNCC has gone down in history as one of our great moments, and one of the great grass routes organizing groups in history.    So when the Great Climate Marchers (march@climatemarch.org) arrived … Continue reading

Considering Ethics

Misplaced: ethics and the photographs of Vivian Maier by Kevin Coffee https://www.dropbox.com/s/p8sg7osb0azicqe/Coffee.VivianMaier.2014.pdf

The Guardian of London review’s “Like A Thief’s Dream”

Sean O’Hagan of the Guardian in London and written a fine piece on “Like A Thief’s Dream”, which of course has been way under anyone’s radar in Amerika. http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2011/jan/11/danny-lyon-thiefs-dream-texas O’Hagan did  this in January of 2011 after a friend handed him the book at a party. Since the book was dumped by the original publishers (as was … Continue reading

Utube video of Julian Bond and Danny Lyon

This is the NG edit of a portion of Lyon’s and Bond’s discussion at the National Geographic. I was edited to show sections of their discussion of Lyon’s work for the SNCC when in 1963 Lyon and Bond worked in the same  Atlanta SNCC office.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjXHTMdjt9M

Utube video of Lyon speaking at the NGM


Lyon imagines how he would edit the National Geographic Magazine

What follows is the  transcript of the talk delivered to a standing room audience of six hundred photographers, journalists and editors on January 9, 2014 at the National Geographic in Washington DC.   Lyon and Julian Bond then shared the stage while sixty images were shown. “I  wanted to talk a bit about Norman Mailer, … Continue reading

Danny Lyon reviews, A Period of Juvenile Prosperity by Mike Brodie.

“Great photography touches the soul. In 2003, Mike Brodie was a teenager in Pensacola, Florida, living with his mother; his father was far off in Arizona, doing ten years in prison.

Young Mike and his friend Savannah figured out the simple scam” ….

View the full article here. (.pdf)

What’s Happening

On Thursday January 9, Danny Lyon will appear with Julian Bond and speak at the National Geographic Magazine in Washington DC. He will also show his new 9 minute Digital Video, two years in the making,”Nothing”. On Saturday, January 11, Lyon will open a show of murals and new work at the Edwynn Houk Gallery … Continue reading


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