This picture was made from horse back on the Ferguson Unit, a prison farm for teenagers inside the Texas Department of Corrections, almost fifty years ago. The field workers are young black convicts, the sack they pull are weighed and when full are three times larger than those carried by the slave women on the … Continue reading
Listen to the Hugh Edwards interview by Danny Lyon
Twelve years after first meeting Hugh Edwards, and three years after completing “Conversations with the Dead”, Danny Lyon, now a filmmaker, returned to Chicago with a ¼ inch analogue tape recorder.
https://snccdigital.org/people/danny-lyon/ It is hard to reconcile the SNCC and the Black Bloc. In 1962 the SNCC and its precursors the Freedom Riders, were the cutting edge of the liberation struggle, a struggle that would end with the destruction of segregation as the law of the land in thirteen southern states. The radical, risk taking actions … Continue reading
Fear has come to America. Not the fear of a Mexican family being divided. Not the fear of an African American couple for their son. Not the fear of a queer being harassed when he leaves thevsafety of his city. This is a fear much greater and more profound. It is the fear of the collapse … Continue reading
The catastrophe has happened. On January 20, Humpty Dumpty Trump will become the 45th President of the United States. This is not a cartoon. This is not a science fiction film. This is what the disaster of the last thirty years has come to. And for the second time in recent history the loser of … Continue reading
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
The Story of Sam and Burn Zone are available now. Click on the images inside of this post or the titles below to order.
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
Photographer Danny Lyon Offers “Message to the Future” In Whitney Retrospective
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, 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
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
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“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…