Memories of myself: essays

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Phaidon, 2009 - Photography - 207 pages
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Lyon pioneered the style of photographic ?New Journalism? when he rebelled against Life-magazine-style photographs, and instead immersed himself in the lives of his subjects and paving the way for a future generation of photographers. The work collected here, much of it considered too controversial for publication at the time of its creation, ranges from sensual, richly coloured images of Colombian brothels and black-and-white portraits of boys in 1965 Chicago, to some of his best-known projects such as The Bikeriders story and recent work made in Cuba.

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About the author (2009)

After graduating from the University of Chicago in

1963, Danny Lyon joined the Student Nonviolent

Coordinating Committee (SNCC). As their sta

photographer he made photographs that proved to

be an important historical record of the Southern

Civil Rights Movement. Lyon subsequently gained

broad recognition as a photographer, filmmaker, and

writer. Working in the style called New Journalism,

which involved immersing himself and becoming a

participant in a given subject, Lyon photographed

motorcyclists in the Midwest and documented life

within the Texas prison system. Lyon's talent was

recognized by the Guggenheim Foundation, which

awarded him a fellowship in photography in 1969

and another, in film, a decade later. Lyons has had

one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Modern

Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the

Center for Creative Photography at the University

of Arizona.

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