DANNY LYON: LOS NIÑOS ABANDONADOS

Danny Lyon’s poignant, sharply observed film from 1975 is one of the great cinema-verite documentaries. Watchmaker and the Menil Archives have restored the film from the original negative and re-mixed the soundtrack from the original 1/4” tapes. The result is the return of a beautiful film by one of America’s leading photographers.

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© Danny Lyon, This World Is Not My Home

 #1: Kite - Fenhe park, Taiyuan with branch of Yellow River, undated
 #2: Lianito, New Mexico, 1970
 #3: Crossing the Ohio, Louisville, Ky., 1966
 #4: Shakedown at Ellis prison, Huntsville, Texas, 1968

This World Is Not My Home: Photographs by Danny Lyon will be on view at the de Young Museum in San Francisco until January 27, 2013.

This exhibition of more than 60 photographs and photographic montages from 1962 to the present traces the fascinating and wide-ranging career of Danny Lyon. A leading and explosive figure in the American street photography movement of the 1960s, Lyon distinguished himself from his peers through his direct engagement with his subjects and his concern for those on the margins of society.

His goal, he says, was “to destroy Life magazine” by presenting powerful alternatives to the bland pictures and stories that permeated American mass media in the late 1950s, when he came of age. In the process, he created numerous photographs of striking psychological, political, and aesthetic power. (read more)

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For the past five decades the photographer Danny Lyon has produced a mix of documentary photographs and film – both politically conscious and personal.

As the artist turns 70 this year, a new exhibition called ‘This World is Not My Home: Danny Lyon Photographs’ will celebrate his lengthy career at the Menil Collection in Houston from March 30 to July 29, 2012. (read more)

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© Danny Lyon, 1968, 'Guns are Passed to the Prison Tower', Ferguson Unit, Texas

Trivia: Danny’s father, an opthamologist, treated Alfred Stieglitz. 'The Steerage', one of Stieglitz’s most famous photographs, hung in his office.

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