• Who are we?
    Where do we come from?
    Where are we going?

  • This 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 the children?

  • Who Are We? (detail), a 2018 bulletin
    board by Lyon.

  • Danny Lyon is a photo-journalist, writer and filmmaker.

SNCC Film free on Vimeo!

The 74 Minute doc “SNCC” is now free and open on Vimeo. Anyone can see it. For any college or museum or public showings please contact Bleak Beauty staffer, Cody Edison at edison.cody@gmail.com. The film was made from scanning all of Lyon’s original negatives from 1962 through 1964 made when he was the SNCC staff … Continue reading

What is the Truth? or…How the Roto Rooter Man Tried to Kill Me

Originally published in FirstOfTheMonth.org We live in a self-made adobe house and every year the line from the sink to the septic tank backs up and we need to have the Roto Rooter man come out to unclog the pipe. He kneels beneath the kitchen sink with his long electric snake, and unclogs the drain. … Continue reading

The Nation of Idiots

       Once upon a time there was a Nation of Idiots. All the Idiots, male and female, were allowed to vote. Everyone was very happy. The Idiots enshrined their rights in law, all freedoms were protected, but only for Idiots. Many years passed and everyone was happy. Then a very small group of Idiots began … Continue reading


WHICH SIDE ARE THEY ON? – OUR POLICE There is something very attractive about police. The handsome guardian, a Glock at his side, a radio on his belt, perhaps a flashlight clipped to his back, a regular Batman ready to protect us. When the 2004 RNC nomination of Bush and Cheney was about to take … Continue reading

Great piece from Ubikwist Magazine by Nemo Librizzi

“I can imagine a world without prisons, but I can’t imagine a world without murder.A friend killed a policeman and is now one of the Ten Most Wanted Men in the United States. I hope they never catch him. I hope he runs forever. Not because I hate prisons and not because I am glad … Continue reading

Signed books and DVDs greatly reduced!

To help jump start our stalled economy Bleakbeauty is slashing prices on its rare DVDs. These are hand made, with special covers, be sure to collect them now that they are obsolete. Check out the new prices. Most DVDs are $25 including shipping. A few of the most sought after are slightly higher. Prices on … Continue reading

Sunday NYTimes Arts

By Rebecca Bengal. Reviews of American Blood (Karma), the DLM (Aperture) and the new 75 min doc, “SNCC” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/27/arts/design/danny-lyon-sncc-photography.html

Sic semper tyrannis

“Biden just won Pennsylvania.” It was Saturday morning and I was sitting by the fire. “Get dressed,” I said. “We should go out and blow our horn.”With Nancy driving her electric Chevy Bolt, we heading towards Albuquerque.   In fifteen minutes we exited at Central Avenue.  Nancy was honking the horn.   “No one is here,” she … Continue reading

John Lewis Gone to the Angels

SNCC workers Courtland Cox,Joyce Ladner and Frank Smith with John’s casket in the Rotunda of the Capitol.The  catafalque supporting the casket of former SNCC Chairman, John Lewis was originally quickly constructed to hold President Lincoln’s coffin.    https://www.nybooks.com/daily/

John Lewis’s Body

Who can explain the miracles of this life? John Lewis was a miracle. He was sent to us to change the country and to heal it. His soul has left his body, and his body will be moved from Troy to Montgomery to the Capitol steps so we can all be close to him, to be touched by him, to say hello, and with tears in our eyes, to say good bye.

This is an Uprising

May 31, 2020 This is an Uprising Six days after the police murder of George Floyd, recorded and presented to us all to see, protests and disturbances continue in every city in the United States. What is going on? This is an uprising. An uprising is when masses of people take the to streets to … Continue reading

The End of History

Danny Lyon April 4, 2020 BERNALILLO, NEW MEXICO—A few nights ago, I phoned my old friend, Ira Churgin. In 1961, we were ancient history students at the University of Chicago. Ira’s roommate was Bernie Sanders. In October of 1962, we all crowded into Mandel Hall to hear Professor Hans Morgenthau explain the Cuban missile crisis, … Continue reading

Sweet Are the Uses of Adversity

. We are all participating in a world that is literally destroying itself. The “party” as someone has described the last twenty years, is over. Thank god. This can save us from ourselves.

Bernie as an early civil rights activists

This piece was written by a young Turkish employee of Magnum London. During the interview he said “Bernie might be the next president of the United States.” As Biden flounders, the path opens for Bernie and the radical changes we so desperately need. https://www.magnumphotos.com/theory-and-practice/behind-the-image-bernie-sanders-university-chicago-racial-equality-danny-lyon/

More Bernie civil rights photos found!

Originally posted on Bleak Beauty Blog:
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…

Bernie Sanders Leads 1962 Sit-in

Originally posted on Bleak Beauty Blog:
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…

LAMOCA film showing

https://www.moca.org/program/los-angeles-filmforum-at-moca-presents-danny-lyon On January 16, screenings of Wanderer, Nothing and Dear Mark. Lyon appears after the program via Skype to protest the removal of Mark di Suvero’s monumental sculpture, “Declaration” from its position in Venice Beach, California, where it has served as a landmark since 2001.

A Memory of Robert Frank

https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2019/09/27/when-fathers-die-remembering-robert-frank/ In the NYR Daily. Written in a cabin in Maine upon hearing of Robert’s death.