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Delbarton Presents Works by Photographer Danny Lyon

Delbarton Arts is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by American photographer and filmmaker Danny Lyon. The exhibit is on display in the Fine Arts Center lobby from November 28 to January 13. In this work, Lyon focuses his unfiltered lens directly on American society, capturing socioeconomic, counter-cultural and civil rights issues.

Born on March 16, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY, Lyon graduated from the University of Chicago in 1963 where he studied history and philosophy.  A self-taught photographer, in 1963 he accepted a job as a photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and became involved in the civil rights movement. From 1965-1966 Lyon traveled with the Chicago Outlaws motorcycle club and in 1968 his book The Bikeriders was published; It remains a prime example of his purposefully subjective photo-journalistic attitude. Since 1967 Lyon has been an independent photographer and an associate at Magnum, and he has made films since 1969.

Lyon received Guggenheim Fellowships in both photography and filmmaking, and has exhibited his work in many major exhibitions, including the Art Institute of Chicago which hosted his first solo exhibition. In addition to The Bikeriders, Lyon has published a number of photographic books based upon his experiences, among them The Movement (1964) about the civil rights movement, and Conversations with the Dead (1971), a study of life in Texas prisons. Among his films are Social Services 127, Los Niños Abandonados, and Little Boy.

Over the past five decades, Lyon traveled around America to document the evolution of modern social history. Lyon's subjects often deviate from societal norms, yet he is dedicated to communicating their characters and sensibilities honestly, vividly, and nonjudgmentally; for him, this requires firsthand knowledge of their experiences. By capturing real people's lives so visually and impactfully, many photographers have been inspired by Lyon since the 1960s.

Danny Lyon currently lives and works in rural New Mexico, and his images are included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others.

We encourage members of the Delbarton community to stop by to appreciate the work of this talented American photographer. Enjoy a sneak peek of some of his work below...