Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Danny Lyon

                                                Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement

Danny Lyon was born March 16, 1942.  He taught himself photography.  He completed separate documentary studies that were made into books.  The first picture of "The Movement" series symbolizes the strife that continued during the Civil Rights Movement.  Such a photograph could not be posed, as the reactions in the picture are real and terrifying at the same time.  The second photograph followed a series study on the "Conversations With The Dead" series that took place in multiple Texas prisons.  The idea was to portray the real life of prison hardships and loss of freedoms.  The image of the lined men, stripped and placed outdoors stands as a strong image, as most would probably feel embarassed and mortified to have to be stripped down in front of everyone.  The loss of rights is prevalent here. 

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