A leading figure in the American street photography movement of the 1960s, Danny Lyon is able to find beauty in the starkest reality, and to provide a charged alternative to the bland vision of American life often depicted in the mass media.
Inspired by the prose of Beat Generation writers, photo scrapbooks of his immigrant father, and by the unvarnished realism of photographer Walker Evans, Lyon developed a restless, compassionate vision.
This is the first comprehensive retrospective of Lyon’s career to be presented in 25 years and includes approximately 175 photographs, related films and ephemeral materials.
See Danny Lyon: Message to the Future, open now at the de Young.
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