• 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.

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“Welcome to Paradise”, an unpublished essay by Danny Lyon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

A guide for self respect during the crisis of planet Earth

From the powerful mind and politics of Josephine Ferorelli who partnered with us to create Burn Zone we now have https://grandgather.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/copy-of-so-youre-ready-to-take-action-against-climate-change1.pdf Print it for your father next time he takes you out in a power boat that gets three miles to the gallon. Josephine is the primary mover behind Conceivable Future http://conceivablefuture.org/mission a grim and … Continue reading

Return to the site of the Las Conchas fire

Return to the site of the Las Conchas fire Yesterday Nancy drove our old Ford Ranger up into the Jemez, to revisit the burnt up trees I had photographed one year after the 2011 Las Conchas fire destroyed 244 square miles in the Jemez mountains, a part of the Santa Fe National Forest. The trees … Continue reading

Review of the DLM at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Danny Lyon: The Destruction of Lower Manhattan, The Cleveland Museum of Art FRONT INTERNATIONAL: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. SUMMER 2018 Walking around New York, sometimes one feels as if they are being chased by some spectral Pac Man voraciously devouring whole neighborhoods behind you. It’s not such a new phenomenon. The destruction of Penn … Continue reading

New Film/New Show

Wanderer – a new 48 min DV from New Mexico, the sequel to “Willie”, opening at Gavin Brown’s Sept 12 in NYC, and at Etherton Gallery, in Tucson Nov 15 and 16. With prints, texts and two more films on the border.

Hugh Edwards talks with Lyon

http://www.magichourpodcast.org/episodes/2018/7/15/episode-22-hugh-edwards In earlier posts this blog has made available the letters and early color pictures of Hugh Edwards. We wanted to correct history and give this remarkable person his due credit in shaping the world of photography. Now, here is the man himself. Recorded forty five years ago, this is the only known recording of … Continue reading

Lyon on Portland Radio

Portland KBOO FM interview with Amanda Clem on Lyon’s Willie, Murderers and the nature of realism in his films and work. https://kboo.fm/media/66444-amanda-clem-interviews-danny-lyon-art-focus-071018

Lyon on The Magic Hour

Jordan Weitzman, a young Canadian photographer and audio reporter, spent some time recently in the home of Nancy and Danny Lyon in Bernalillo, New Mexico. Here is the conversation which Jordan recorded with Lyon: http://www.magichourpodcast.org/episodes/2018/6/18/episode-21-danny-lyon