The Spring 2012 Distinguished Speaker Series Presents:
A Public Talk and Book Signing by
Danny Lyon (American, b. 1942) is recognized as one of the most original and influential photographers in America. A pioneer of the photographic genre of 'New Journalism,' Lyon works by immersing himself alongside the life of his subjects. In this way, he has produced major bodies of work in situ including the notorious series, The Bikeriders (1967), in which he became a member of the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle club; and, receiving unprecedented access to death-row inmates at the Walls Unit in Huntsville, Texas, he recorded the environs of “lifers,” in Conversations with the Dead (1971). His current project has centered upon “Occupy” rallies in Oakland, New York, and Albuquerque.
Over the last forty years, Lyon has created numerous bodies of groundbreaking work, highly collectible photo books and films. His photography has been featured in major, solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and, the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships for photography and filmmaking, a Rockefeller Fellowship, and ten National Endowment for the Arts awards. He is the founding member of the photography group, Bleak Beauty, www.bleakbeauty.com.
Danny Lyon's Crossing the Ohio, Louisville, 1966 is on view in the Museum's new exhibition, "Reconsidering the Photographic Masterpiece"