Danny Lyon

Datesborn 1942
BornBrooklyn, New York, United States

Thus Danny Lyon described his philosophy about the accessibility of his photographs for an audience. A staff member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the 1960s, Lyon first published his photographs in The Movement, a 1964 documentary book about the Southern Civil Rights Movement. Three years later he published The Bikeriders, a study of the lives of outlaw motorcyclists, and in 1971, Conversations with the Dead, a portrait of prison life in Texas in the late 1960s. Incorporating even more diverse subject matter, in 1989 he published I Like to Eat Right on the Dirt, composed of Polaroid prints of his children. Also a filmmaker, Lyon's documentaries include The Abandoned Children, Little Boy, and El Otro Lado (The Other Side). A recipient of Guggenheim Foundation fellowships for photography and filmmaking, Lyon continues to photograph and to make films.