• 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?


    Occupy LA, Demonstration Broadway Downtown, 2011

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

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.

Robert and Mary Frank, West 86st, summer, 1969

More on Robert Frank

http://www.artnews.com/2019/09/23/robert-frank-remembrances/ In a few says the NYR Daily will go live with a major piece Lyon has written as a memorial and memory of Robert Frank

STRIKE!

Yesterday in Albuquerque and across the globe students walked out of class in the cause of saving Planet Earth.  Students marched out of school here, sometimes with their teachers, to fill a rally in a downtown park. Most had permission. Then a march to the downtown office building that housed two New Mexican Senators (both … Continue reading

Fight to save Planet Earth

The following is a letter that was sent to the New York Review of Books, a comment on an article in the Aug 15 issue regarding two new books on the ever increasing threats to Planet Earth. A sentence in a closing paragraph of Alan Weisman’s Burning Down the House (NYRBS August 15) jumped out … Continue reading

Leesburg Stockade in Georgia to have historical marker

https://www.gpbnews.org/post/girls-imprisoned-civil-rights-work-get-historical-marker Fifty five years after I crawled up to the small stockade to photograph 14 imprisoned teenage civil rights protesters the State of Georgia will erect a highway historic marker honoring the sacrifices of the high school students. What these young girls did changed Georgia forever.

Return to Perry Utah, 1945. In the NYR Daily

“In the summer of 1944, my mother, my brother, and I took the train from New York City to Utah, where my father picked us up at the closest station, and drove us to a small farm house in Perry, Utah. Leonard would enter school there, going to the second and third grades. I, a city boy who had never known anything but an apartment on Metropolitan Avenue, with a small park and sandbox across the street, would quickly morph from a city- to a country-boy.”

Immediate, Radical and Painful solutions: Congestive Pricing has come to NYC

New York City is doing exactly what we need; immediate, radical and painful solutions.

“Young people do not want to know about history. Young people want to make history”

I was asked to introduce Bernie in Chicago as he launched his bid to be the 2020 Democratic nominee for President of the United States. Stepping out in front of twelve thousand mostly young people, all screaming for a hopefull  future and a decent planet, does make you feel the Bern. Here it is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPNHohfzdBE

Dinker is Dead

Dinker’s real name was Harold Davey Cassell. Craig Cohen, the publisher of Powerhouse Books that published “Like A Thief’s Dream”, forwarded me a voice mail last night with a note saying someone had left me a message. The recorded voice was a heavy mid Texas accent, an accent just like Dinker’s. It was Dinker’s cousin. … Continue reading

Take care of your SNCC Posters

Here’s a funny story. If you have them, frame them, and don’t try removing any tape on the back. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/season/23/rochester-/appraisals/danny-lyon-sncc-civil-rights-posters-ca-1962–201805A27/

Welcome to El Paso

After Nancy drove us 300 miles south, I jumped out of the car at the El Paso Greyhound downtown station. There they were, migrants fleeing violence, having survived a 40 day trek across Mexico and a week in the ICE prisons: Here is the story in the New York Review of Books Daily. https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2019/01/17/welcome-to-el-paso/

“Kill the Koch Brothers,” a grade school play

“Kill the Koch Brothers”, a Grade School Play (In honor of COP24, and Katowice, Poland 2018, Bleak Beauty is re-posting its 2014 satire) 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 horrified to … Continue reading

“Welcome to Paradise”, an unpublished essay by Danny Lyon

Let the students start the rebellion and everyone will join. And if the students don’t start it, and we don’t rebel immediately, it won’t be Welcome to Paradise, it will be Which Way to Hell.