Danny Lyon Exhibition

A retrospective collects the works of Magnum Photos associate Danny Lyon

Beetles+Huxley is exhibiting images by the renowned American photographer Danny Lyon.

Lyon immersed himself in the lives of subjects including African Americans during the Civil Rights movement, bikers and prisoners in Texas.

Lyon captured the Civil Rights movement while he was a student at the University of Chicago. He hitchhiked to Cairo, Illinois and joined the protests organised by Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). In the process, he gained a deep affinity for the group’s cause.

Between 1963 to 1967, Lyon photographed the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle club. It was a time when bikers were heavily marginalised. But Lyon wanted to capture them as free spirits and glorify their lives, and eventually became friends with some of the bikers.

The exhibition also features images from Lyon’s book Conversations with the Dead, which captured inmates in a Texas prison. With the cooperation of the Texas Department of Corrections, Lyon was given unchecked access to prisoner’s lives. He documented how the prison was still based on the format used during times of slavery, with inmates racially segregated and the guards acting as if they were gods.

Born in Brooklyn, Lyon received a BA in history from the University of Chicago in 1963. Since 1967, he photographed as an associated at Magnum Photos. He has received Guggenheim Fellowships in photography, filmmaking, a Rockefeller Fellowship, Missouri Honour Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism and a Lucie Award.