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.

Trailblazing Street Photographer Danny Lyon Captures American Life

Danny Lyon’s message to the future

Bernie Sanders Leads 1962 Sit-in

In 1962  I was the student photographer at the University of Chicago, making pictures for the yearbook, the Alumni Magazine and the student paper, The Maroon. By the summer of 1962 I had taken my camera  into the deep South, and become the first photographer for SNCC. In January of 1962,  at the University of Chicago, there was … Continue reading

Whitney and de Young Museums announce major retrospective

Photographer Danny Lyon Retrospective Coming to New York and San Francisco.  

Danny Lyon films on DVD

The complete films are now available on DVD for purchase with Pay Pal. Most are $29. Institutional purchase is $100. Scenes from each film are now live at bleakbeauty

What is Journalism?

It has been announced that the writer of bleak beauty has received the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. Previous recipients include Christiane Amanapour, Tom Brokaw, Walter Chronkite and Winston Churchill. When the award prompted thoughts of making a speech entitled “What is Journalism?” the recipient was told he had only two or … Continue reading