“Clifford Vaughs, SNCC photographer,
is arrested by the National Guard.” 1964.
The Menil Collection, Houston,
gift of Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil.
Danny Lyon/Magnum Photos
Houston’s Young Curators Look at Culture and Environment
By Jonathan Blaustein NYT May. 17, 2016
Shakedown at Ellis, Texas: ‘lingering sense of sadness’.
Photograph: © Danny Lyon
Conversations With the Dead review – 60s prison life in the US
Nearly 50 years on, Danny Lyon’s images of Texas prisoners
retain their visceral power
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Kathy. Uptown, Chicago. 1965.
Danny Lyon, Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery
The Freedom to Be Danny Lyon
By Jonathan Blaustein NYT Jun. 13, 2016
Among a group of revolutionaries
whose work rose to prominence
in the late 1960s and ’70s
and transformed the nature
of documentary photography
— a group that includes friends
and colleagues of Mr. Lyon’s
like Mary Ellen Mark and Larry Clark —
the idea of conscience
has been imbedded more deeply
in Mr. Lyon’s photographs than in those
of all but a few of his contemporaries.
At a time when picture magazines
were still a holy grail
for young photographers,
Mr. Lyon, self-taught, began his career
as the first staff photographer
for the Student Nonviolent
A week after hitchhiking south
in 1962 at the age of 20
he was in jail with other
protesters in Albany, Ga.,
next to the cell
of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
And Mr. Lyon’s first book,
the classic “Bikeriders,”
made after spending
more than two years as a member
of the Outlaws motorcycle gang,
was not just a pioneering
example of New Journalism but,
as he later described it,
an attempt “to destroy Life magazine”
and what he saw as its anodyne vision
of American life.
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