• 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.

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

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