• 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.

2012 Solar Eclipse filmed by Bleakbeauty

The opening to the DV “Nothing” by Bleakbeauty is an annular solar eclipse that occurred over Albuquerque in 2012 The entire film; “Nothing”, and all the Bleakbeauty films will be released on Vimeo in September of this year.

Gun man targets Republicans/ critically wounds second most powerful Republican in the house.

Gun man targets Republicans/ critically wounds second most powerful Republican in the house. This is stunning news. What took so long? Do they really expect that the United States of America, a nation of 325 million people, will tolerate a criminal president in power, without reacting? And do they expect Americans to accept a Republican … Continue reading

Trump Tweets and the First Amendment

William Bennet Turner is a brilliant lawyer that represented the class of all TDC prisoners in the historic 1970’s suit against the Texas Prison System known as Ruiz VS Estelle. Ruiz was then a convict and Estelle was the head of the Texas Department of Corrections. Bill has long taught at Berkeley and recently wrote … Continue reading

Hitler Tweets

  Inside Hitler’s Wolf’s Lair   February 1943   A previously unknown analogue recording of the Fuhrer in discussion with his Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels has been found in the archives of the former USSR. Using our fleet of translators, Bleak Beauty is proud to be the first in the western world to publish this … Continue reading

Julie Galant 1947 – 2017

    Julie Galant died this Friday. With her passing a light went out for her children, her family, and for the world of pictures. I first met Julie at the Magnum office, then located on W 47th street in the 1973, where the young staff was often more talented and interesting than the photographers … Continue reading

Rebecca Lyon’s interview with filmmakers Danny and Nancy Lyon

Rebecca Lyon has produced two of the most insightful interviews ever done with Danny Lyon. Is this because Rebecca, an archival projectionist at the Music Box in Chicago, and an active member of the Chicago Film Society, is also the youngest child of filmmakers Nancy and Danny Lyon? Or is it just because of her great love of … Continue reading

The girl in the coffin

54 years ago in Birmingham, Alabama, I made a photograph of a fourteen year old girl in her coffin.

The Cotton Pickers, 1968

This picture was made from horse back on the Ferguson Unit, a prison farm for teenagers inside the Texas Department of Corrections, almost fifty years ago. The field workers are young black convicts, the sack they pull are weighed and when full are three times larger than those carried by the slave women on the … Continue reading

Hugh Edwards, the audio: Chicago, September, 1972

Listen to the Hugh Edwards interview by Danny Lyon
Twelve years after first meeting Hugh Edwards, and three years after completing “Conversations with the Dead”, Danny Lyon, now a filmmaker, returned to Chicago with a ¼ inch analogue tape recorder.

SNCC and the Black Bloc

https://snccdigital.org/people/danny-lyon/ It is hard to reconcile the SNCC and the Black Bloc. In 1962 the SNCC and its precursors the Freedom Riders, were the cutting edge of the liberation struggle, a struggle that would end with the destruction of segregation as the law of the land in thirteen southern states. The radical, risk taking actions … Continue reading

One, Two, Three Standing Rocks

Fear has come to America. Not the fear of a Mexican family being divided. Not the fear of an African American couple for their son. Not the fear of a queer being harassed when he leaves thevsafety of his city. This is a fear much greater and more profound. It is the fear of the collapse … Continue reading

You Cannot Stop the Future

The catastrophe has happened. On January 20, Humpty Dumpty Trump will become the 45th President of the United States. This is not a cartoon. This is not a science fiction film. This is what the disaster of the last thirty years has come to. And for the second time in recent history the loser of … Continue reading

Burn Zone

Burn Zone, is Danny Lyon’s newest published work. Burn Zone is a Cri de Coeur directed at the artist community and our youth asking them to join the fight to save planet Earth. In it, photographer and filmmaker Danny Lyon, tells the story of his return to New Mexico after thirty years and the dramatic … Continue reading

Two New Publications from Danny Lyon

The Story of Sam and Burn Zone are available now. Click on the images inside of this post or the titles below to order.

The Artist and the Congressman

John Lewis with Danny Lyon at the Whitney in front of the 1963 picture Lyon made as SNCC’s Julian Bond and John Lewis stand before the ruins of the 16th Street Baptist church in Birmingham. The previous morning a KKK bomb had killed four young girls inside the church. “The Artist and the Congressman” a … Continue reading

The New York Review of Books: What I Couldn’t Say Myself

The New York Review of Books writes about Lyon’s films in Message to the Future. http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2016/07/20/danny-lyon-whitney-films-what-i-couldnt-say-myself/