|Born||Brooklyn, New York, United States|
"Photographers traditionally have worked in silence, putting everything into the picture, that small area, measured in inches, that they have staked out. I have never done that, but have usually presented my photographs in a book with text. In the texts I have spoken through other people's voices, sometimes out of respect for what they had to say, and sometimes as a disguise for myself." --Danny Lyon
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.