Danny Lyon: Murals and Montages

New York

9 January — 15 February 2014

The Dominoes Players, Walls Unit, TDC, 1967

Rachel in Texas, 1968

Nancy, 1981

Catch and Release, Packard Camps, Maine, 2012

Chicago, 1965

Leslie, Downtown Knoxville, 1967

View South from 100 Gold Street, Lower Manhattan, 1967

The Road to Yazoo City, 1963

Used Book and Magazine Stand, Taiyuan, Shanxi, 2005

Kenny and Slex, Bushwick, 1992

Memorial Day Run, Milwuakee, 1966

Cal, Elkhorn, Wisconsin, 1966

Route 12, Wisconsin, 1963

Press Release

Reception with the artist:
Saturday, January 11, 2 - 4 pm

Edwynn Houk Gallery is pleased to exhibit thirteen limited edition 30 x 40 inch enlargement prints by Danny Lyon. The exhibition highlights a cross-section of his celebrated career of the past fifty years and it is the first time his work is being presented in this mural size. The exhibition opens Thursday, January 9th and runs through Saturday, February 15, with a reception for the artist on Saturday, January 11th from 2 – 4 pm.

Danny Lyon is renowned for his documentary photographs depicting the outer fringes of society: the poor, the outsiders, the underdogs, the outlaws. Continuing in the photographic tradition of Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans, he embraced the medium’s historical concern with social justice and combined his passion for activism with an instinctual talent behind the camera. In the “New Journalism” style, he immersed himself in many of the communities he documented - the Civil Rights movement, motorcycle gangs in Chicago, prisoners in Texas and poor urban communities across the Americas. By earning his subjects’ trust and turning his empathetic lens on their lives, he has captured their humanity in unsentimental images imbued with dignity, respect and often a formal elegance.

Danny Lyon is a self-taught photographer, writer and filmmaker, who grew up in Queens, New York. He has published numerous books, including The Bikeriders and Conversations with the Dead. His forthcoming book The Seventh Dog will be published by Phaidon this spring. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation in both filmmaking and photography. He has had solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Menil Collection and the de Young Museum in San Francisco, among others. In 2011 he received the prestigious Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. He lives and works in New York and New Mexico.