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 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

One, Two, Three Standing Rocks

Fear has come to America. Not the fear of a Mexican family being divided. Not the fear of an African American couple for their son. Not the fear of a queer being harassed when he leaves thevsafety of his city. This is a fear much greater and more profound. It is the fear of the collapse … Continue reading

You Cannot Stop the Future

The catastrophe has happened. On January 20, Humpty Dumpty Trump will become the 45th President of the United States. This is not a cartoon. This is not a science fiction film. This is what the disaster of the last thirty years has come to. And for the second time in recent history the loser of … Continue reading

Burn Zone

Burn Zone, is Danny Lyon’s newest published work. Burn Zone is a Cri de Coeur directed at the artist community and our youth asking them to join the fight to save planet Earth. In it, photographer and filmmaker Danny Lyon, tells the story of his return to New Mexico after thirty years and the dramatic … Continue reading

Two New Publications from Danny Lyon

The Story of Sam and Burn Zone are available now. Click on the images inside of this post or the titles below to order.

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.

John Lewis leads fight for Gun Control

Remarkably, a seventy-five year old has appeared on the national stage as the most visible  and eloquent spokesman for the gun control movement.  Congressman John Lewis has not been this effective a leader since he was badly beaten by police and sheriff’s deputies on the Edmund Petty Bridge, a “hate crime” that was shown live … Continue reading

MassAppeal on Message to the Future

Photographer Danny Lyon Offers “Message to the Future” In Whitney Retrospective