Danny Lyon’s 1968 book The Bikeriders is a landmark of the New Journalism. His photographs are windows into society, subculture, and struggle. In the 1960s, he followed the Civil Rights movement in the South and the Outlaws Motorcycle Club in Chicago. As a photographer, Lyon is not an outsider looking in; instead he gains the trust of his subjects and shoots from within their environment. By capturing the radical in society, he takes on a larger effort to make the invisible visible.
Danny Lyons work has been included in solo and group shows internationally, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of the City of New York, The Photographers Gallery, London, England, Baltimore Museum of Art, Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN, Philadelphia Art Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Lyon has received many fellowships and awards, including Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from The Art Institute of Boston, Rockefeller Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowship, and the Guggenheim Fellowship in film. Publications include Danny Lyon: Memories of Myself, Knave of Hearts, and Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement, amongst others.
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