Danny Lyon (American, b. 1942)
Twenty-four Photographs from the Portfolio Danny Lyon, negatives date from 1962-79, published by Hyperion Press, Westport, Connecticut, printed 1979. Fourteen unframed, matted, are signed on the verso l.r. and inscribed on the verso l.l. with numbers that correspond to the titles on the colophon page, both in pencil, ten framed are presumably signed and numbered in the same fashion. Gelatin silver prints, sheet sizes each 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm), presented in the original clamshell portfolio with colophon folder.
Condition: Curling to unframed photographs, a few unframed with minor creases near edges, framed works not examined out of frames.
N.B. The portfolio excludes numbers 5, 10, 12, 16, 18, and 25 from the published set.
Lyon heralded the New Journalism movement which saw photographers as active participants within the communities they documented. Lyon's camera captured those on the fringes of society with an honest and impartial representation of their characters and their realities. Sincere, raw, and intimate, Lyon's work blends art and activism along with social justice and humanity, resulting in some of the most influential documentary photography created in the last half of the 20th century.
The portfolio covers Lyon's early career in the 60s and 70s, including his documentation of the civil rights movement, his involvement with the Chicago Outlaws, and his time amongst prisoners in the Texas penal system, all which were previously published in several photobooks including The Destruction of Lower Manhattan (1969) and Conversations with the Dead (1971).
The complete portfolio was 30 images of which we have 24 (plates 5, 10, 12, 16, 18 & 25 are missing). The unframed works are gently curled but are in good condition (though several have very minor wear to edges/corners as previously noted. The framed works have not been removed from their frames, but have no visible condition issues. The frame sized vary according to the proportions of the images.
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