generation born in war, born in the jail cells of the South, born
at the Pentagon march, watches in disbelief as the country is paved
over, malls replacing corn fields, synthetic food replacing corn,
cash replacing value. What has become of us? Is the country brain
dead? Is this what we have done with our freedom? Our greatest surviving
value is greed. Is that what our legacy will be? What shall we tell
New Book by Danny Lyon:
Like a Thief's Dream
The amazing story of the bank robber and convicted murderer
Jimmy Ray Renton and his escape from the Arksansas State Prison.Click here for more info
Visit 'Dektol', a new blog by Danny Lyon
Thoughts, ideas, and writing of the moment. Click here to visit the blog.
On Barack Obama:
Andy Goodman's Ghost
Five years ago I was having dinner with a group of students in a bar in Carbondale, Illinois. As we left I saw five men seated at a back table. Waiting for them as they got up to leave, I stopped the tall and handsome man. It was Barack Obama, then campaigning for the Democratic nomination for Senator from Illinois... Click here to read more.
Danny Lyon met Billy George McCune in 1968 when Lyon was making his book, Conversations with the Dead
, inside the Texas Department of Corrections. McCune, sentenced to Death in 1950 on a dubious charge of rape, had survived two years on death row, when his sentence was adjudicated to Life. In 1971 Lyon edited and had published The Autobiography of Billy McCune
. Matt Ozug, of Sound Portraits has produced a short radio piece based on these recordings. Click here to read more.
The End of the Age of Photography
Many years ago I was being driven along central park west in a NYC Taxi and talking with Robert Frank whom I sat beside. When I spoke of using words with photography, texts, as part of what were then called “photography books”, Robert said, “well, then that’s the end of it.” ...
NEW! 2 DVD BOXED SET, films by Danny Lyon
Born to Film, 1982 and Two Fathers, 2005 available together as a two DVD set. Born to Film is, among other things, intimately auto-
biographical, interspersing footage of Lyon's own young son with film shot in the 1930's by Lyon's father, a doctor who immigrated from Germany. Two Fathers, the child star of Born To Film, Raphael, is now a twenty-seven year old who returns to his father’s farm to plant corn and “experience fatherhood”. A filmic meditation on life, age, family and death.
MORE ABOUT BORN TO FILM
MORE ABOUT TWO FATHERS
AUDIO FILES AND BOOK
The 3rd Edition of The Bikeriders is out of print. It was released by Chronicle Books, San Fransisco, with 20 unpublished pictures from the series, and color work done in 1965 and 1966 which was also omitted from earlier editions.
The text of The Bikeriders was made from tape recordings. Selections from the original recordings are available as mp3 audio files.