• 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.

Message to the Parkland Students: Charles McDew is dead

This is McDew’s message to you children. Organize now, and do not let adults lead you. Do not think a Leader will appear. No Martin Luther King Jr will come to lead you, because he didn’t lead the civil rights movement. This is a picture promoted by the establishment and the media. Dozens stood beside, behind and in front of Dr King; dozens of brave, young men and women. Chuck McDew was one of these. A great American hero.

March for our Lives. Turn on your TV now

If you’re not watching turn it on now. March for our Lives. Today. Right now. The greatest march since the 1963 March on Washington. Children. Teen agers. An eleven year old at the podium. What speakers they are. Have a good cry. “I just spoke on international television and it feels great!” There are no … Continue reading

Amazing 1967 Pentagon arrest footage found

On Oct 21, 1967 the largest anti war demonstration to date occurred as over 700 were arrested during an assault on the pentagon. Danny Lyon and Mark di Suvero arrived at the momument just prior to the 100,000 marchers and were quickly in combat with club swinging US Marshalls and MPs. Lyon was #4 arrested … Continue reading


Pray for the Parkland kids. Send them money. And if you have more guts than I, wrap a brick with a note saying “AK 47” and toss it through a gun shop window.

All films are free on Vimeo

Our fleet of happy workers are proud make public the news that the entire body of films made by Danny Lyon, many with the help of Nancy Lyon, can now be streamed on Vimeo, GRATIS. Though much time and treasure went into the making of these films, created between 1969 and the present, the overwhelming … Continue reading

Nan Goldin: photography, pain and opioids

Nan brings to mind Franz Kafka who among his serial masterpieces, wrote “The Hunger Artist”, a man on display in a cage at the entrance to a fair, that is starving (himself) to death.

“that generation to die & get out of the way”

As much as i admire so many artists, activists, entertainers, directors, writers, painters, etc etc from your time & moment & of your generation i feel so often how important it is for our country & for the “young” people in America for that same generation to die & get out of the way. everything is overshadowed & compared to the mid-century American masters, rock&roll, everything that i desire & crave & celebrate from this country. “

New Rules

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Human resilience is the part of climate adaptation we are investing in the least.

Allan Pietrasanta lives up in Bishop, the Eastern Sierra where they’ve had lots of fires: This is an edited version of what he posted on his Facebook. “About 6 weeks ago I spent an evening in a room of 50-60 people from Sonoma and Napa counties listening to them talk about their experiences during the … Continue reading

Fires rage in Southern California

    Kim Stringfellow is an environmentalist, photographer, a Guggenheim  Fellow  and creator of http://www.mojaveproject.org. Kim teaches in San Diego and wrote this driving home last night,   “I got home late. Commute was fine but very surreal as I drove through the fire corridor with the hillside illuminated with these many small fires like some … Continue reading

Lyon on Hugh Edwards in the New York Review of Books

http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/11/11/hugh-edwards-curator-mentor-friend/ This is the talk Lyon wrote for his lecture at the Art Institute of Chicago. The lecture was delivered by his daughter Gabrielle Lyon. It is now on line in the NYRBS

Willie in Santa Fe Nov 12

Danny Lyon will make a rare appearence with his 1986 New Mexico tragedy “Willie” this Sunday at One, at the CCA in Santa Fe. 1050 Old Pecos Trail. http://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/movies/bernalillo-boy-willie/article_ffd19c4d-6708-5daf-ab53-ed0ca8c1298b.html

Isn’t this a witch hunt?

    Netflix is suppressing “Gore”, staring and produced by Kevin Spacey, because of something Spacey did thirty years ago, when he was drunk.   I don’t think Gore Vidal would approve. I think he’d leave the country and move to someplace civilized (which he actually did) which uses a legal system to decide guilt and innocence.  Gore … Continue reading

Danny Lyon lecture on Hugh Edwards at the Art Institute of Chicago

On Oct 19, at the Art Institute of Chicago, Lyon’s daughter, Gabrielle Lyon will deliver the Hugh Edward’s lecture. Written in his cabin in the Maine woods, Lyon recounts his meeting with Edwards at age twenty and the huge influence the great curator had on The Bikeriders (dedicated to Edwards) and all Lyon’s early years as … Continue reading

Stream the films of Danny Lyon on Vimeo

Bleak Beauty is proud to announce that following months of work by our army of media workers we have pulled the trigger. The entire body of Danny Lyon 16mm film work is now live and can be streamed on Vimeo. The sixties meets the twenty first century. See which you prefer. https://vimeo.com/user65587177/vod_pages When you rent … Continue reading

Climate Criminals make Weather Deadly

What’s in a name? And the winner is! Climate Criminals make Weather Deadly The scene. Somewhere in Poland. People getting off the train, Nazi guards with dogs. Bertha: “No one will believe this” Rita: “How can you describe the indescribable?” Shlomo: “ I hope they call it The Holocaust”. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that … Continue reading

The complete films of Danny Lyon at Harvard

Danny Lyon is coming to Harvard in October. Four evening of films are scheduled, with Lyon appearing at the Oct 21 and 22nd showings. Both Ninos and Willie will be shown in the original restored 16mm prints provided by the Anthology Film Archive. The others are outstanding preservation scans made by the de Young and … Continue reading