24.10 – 26.11 2016
Danny Lyon: Conversations with the Dead
24.10 – 26.11.2016
An exhibition of photographs by the renowned American documentary photographer, Danny Lyon (born 1942). Utilising a style that would become known as New Journalism, Lyon immersed himself in the lives of his subjects. The exhibition includes photographs from several of Lyon’s seminal projects, including his photographs taken during the Civil Rights Movement, and his explorations of American biker culture and the Texas prison system.
B. United States 1942
Born in Brooklyn in 1942, Danny Lyon received a BA in history in 1963 from the University of Chicago. Since 1967, he has worked as an independent photographer and an associate at Magnum Photos. He has received Guggenheim Fellowships in photography and filmmaking, a Rockefeller Fellowship, Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism and a Lucie Award. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Menil Collection, the M.H de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco and the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona.
Lyon directs his photography in the style of New Journalism, which involves the photographer becoming immersed within the chosen documented subject. His study of outlaw motorcyclists in The Bikeriders (1968) saw Lyon becoming a member of the Chicago Outlaws motorcycle club in order to fully obtain the lifestyle of the American Midwest. In 1969, Lyon published The Destruction of Lower Manhattan, analysing the large-scale demolition taking place throughout the city.