• 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.

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

We welcome insightful well written comments on any of the issues on this blog. Please send them as COMMENTS of a few hundred words or less. If they are inspiring we will post them with your credit.

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

NOTHING — the 2012 smash hit from Bleak Beauty

In honor of the full solar eclipse, we present NOTHING, the 2012 Bleak Beauty hit. NOTHING begins with an annular solar eclipse. In case you don’t have your sliderule out an annular eclipse means the moon was too far from earth and our film crew’s ABQ location when it passed in front of the sun, … Continue reading

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