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

Bernie Sanders Leads 1962 Sit-in

In 1962  I was the student photographer at the University of Chicago, making pictures for the yearbook, the Alumni Magazine and the student paper, The Maroon. By the summer of 1962 I had taken my camera  into the deep South, and become the first photographer for SNCC. In January of 1962,  at the University of Chicago, there was … Continue reading

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

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

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

Conversations with the Dead

After being out of print for 45 years Conversations with the Dead is being rereleased. This edition has been updated with a new afterword by Lyon. http://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/an-unfinished-prison-story

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

The Great Prison escape ends with Murder and Humiliation

The Great Prison Escape from New York’s Dannemora Penitentiary is over. Richard Matt and David Sweat had been alluding capture in the dense Adirondack woods as a thousand men, many of them New York State Troopers, and dogs failed to find them , in one of the biggest manhunts in New York history. Matt and … 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

Black Folks Run

    The murder of Mr Walter Scott, a fifty-year-oldcoast guard veteran, father and Born Again Christian, by an on duty officer of the law in Summerville, South Carolina fills us with horror and shame.  It’s as if the dark side of America, the cancer that supported the enslavement of Africans, that raped American Indians and murdered them wholesale in their villages, that killed … Continue reading

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

Underground 1966

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Lyon made the original chromes in 1966 using a Rollieflex. Because the slow speed of the film and low light levels many were time exposures. Lyon spent New Year’s Eve of 1966 riding the subway with his Rollie. These are on large 4 by 5 foot light boxes and will be displayed for one year inside the Atlantic Ave Station in Brooklyn.

Climate March, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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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.”

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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

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