Considering Ethics

Misplaced: ethics and the photographs of Vivian Maier by Kevin Coffee

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. 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. It 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.

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

American Heros

Martin Luther King – Life without Parole John Lewis – Three life sentences Julian Bond – Thirty years, isolation unit Malcolm X – Death James Forman – Fifty years, Conspiracy Diane Nash – Life Fannie Lou Hammer – Twenty-Five years Bradley Manning – Forty years, isolation Edward Snowden – Death, changed to Life without Parole, … Continue reading

Danny Lyon films on DVD

The complete films are now available on DVD for purchase with Pay Pal. Most are $23. Institutional purchase is $100. Scenes from each film are now live at bleakbeauty

Deep Sea Diver: Danny Lyon in China, 2005-2009

Gambling is Illegal in Shanxi, Loufan

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 … Read more

Definitions of Democracy, part Two

The purpose of Democracy is Democracy In part One of this thought, posted a couple years ago, the streets of NYC were praised as among the highest examples of Democracy in the history of man. A few weeks after, having nothing to do with the blog, Occupy moved into Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan. (An … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Robert Frank

Robert Frank spoke no english when in 1947 he landed in New York City at the age of twenty three, and sitting at lunch counters on Broadway would order pies, which he could see on display on the counter, by pointing at them. By 1959 he would publish a book of photographs, first in France, … Continue reading


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