Hugh Edwards talks with Lyon

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 Hugh Edwards speaking. Alone with Lyon in Edwards’ Hyde Park apartment, Lyon made a series of analogue tapes on his Nagra Two recorder, over a period of a few days. One of the great minds of his time, Edwards, curator of prints and drawings at the AIC, changed the history of photography by giving many unknown photographers a one person show at the Art Institute of Chicago during the 1960’s. Among them Frank, Davidson, and Lyon himself, whom he gave two shows in 1967 and 1969.Ten years after the recordings were made Nancy Lyon made the polaroid below.

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