Danny Lyon James gao

  • Basic Informations
  • Name: Danny Lyon
  • Born: March 16, 1942, 75 years old

Street and documentary Street photography, also sometimes called candid photography, is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places.


Most kinds of portable camera are used for street photography; for example rangefinders, digital and film SLRs, and point-and-shoot cameras.


commonly used 35 mm full-frame format focal lengths of 28 mm to 50 mm

Documentary photography

Documentary photography usually refers to a popular form of photography used to chronicle events or environments both significant and relevant to history and historical events as well as everyday life. It is typically covered in professional photojournalism, or real life reportage, but it may also be an amateur, artistic, or academic pursuit.

Documentary photography vs. Street photography

Documentary photographers typically have a defined, premeditated message and an intention to record particular events in history.[35] The gamut of the documentary approach encompasses aspects of journalism, art, education, sociology and history. In social investigation, often documentary images are intended to provoke, or to highlight the need for, societal change. Conversely, street photography is réactive and disinterested by nature and motivated by curiosity or creative inquiry, allowing it to deliver a relatively neutral depiction of the world[39] that mirrors society, "unmanipulated" and with usually unaware subjects.

Publications include:

The Bikeriders. The Destruction of Lower Manhattan. Deep Sea Diver.

Lyon began his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement when he hitch-hiked to Cairo, Illinois, during a summer break after his junior year at the University of Chicago. He was inspired by a speech John Lewis had given at a church on his first day in Cairo. After his speech Lewis left to go attend a sit-in, Lyon was impressed by this, Lewis was putting action behind his words. Lyon then decided to a march to a nearby segregated swimming pool, the demonstrators knelt down to pray as the pool-goers heckled them.Soon a truck came, it went through the crowd in an attempt to break it up, a young black girl was hit by the truck and Lyon knew that he wanted to be a part of the movement.

Girls in jail


1969: Guggenheim Fellowship from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

1978: Guggenheim Fellowship from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

1980s: Fellowship in Film making from the Rockefeller Foundation

Reason I choose this photographer......

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