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Danny Lyon: Conversations With The Dead

Photographs of Prison Life with the Letters and Drawings of Billy McCune #122054


A digitally remastered facsimile edition of Danny Lyon’s seminal 1971 photobook, highly influential in the history of documentary photography.


Danny Lyon


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A digitally remastered facsimile edition of Danny Lyon’s seminal 1971 photobook, highly influential in the history of documentary photography.

A digitally remastered facsimile edition of Danny Lyon’s seminal 1971 photobook, highly influential in the history of documentary photography.

Heralded as a “masterpiece” by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger in The Photobook: A History Volume II.

Revolutionary in the 1970s, Lyon’s record of life inside the Texas prison system was one of the first photobooks to include ephemera and has been out of print for over 40 years.

A valuable collector’s item, first edition hardbacks in good condition sell for over $1000, this edition has been updated with a new afterword by Danny Lyon.

The growth of the prison population in the US – currently the largest in the world – and recent debate over the drugs used in carrying out the death penalty highlight the continued relevance of this book today.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback
Size: 214 x 279 mm, 8 1/8 x 11 in
Pages: 204 pp
Illustrations: 82 black and white photographs and 7 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9780714870519

 

"The idea of conscience has been imbedded more deeply in Mr. Lyon's photographs than in those of all but a few of his contemporaries." —The New York Times

"Conversations with the Dead is the purest expression of Lyon's human spirit." —Collector Daily

"Lyon's black-and-white photographs of prisoners are so striking... they capture the experience of incarceration in a visceral way." —Collector Daily

"To some, he's idealizing people who really are not good people at all — they're just criminals. But to Danny maybe they're good people who just never had a chance." —Larry McMurtry, The New York Times

"Beautiful, harrowing... a timely reissue" —Vice

"Conversations with the Dead reminds us that humanity is worth the fight." —Crave

"A classic of insider reportage... Lyon was a pioneer of what might be called immersive photojournalism... over 40 years after its initial publication, the book retains its raw power and its lingering sense of sadness at lives wasted" —The Observer

"The resulting images are so vivid that you can practically smell and hear them." —Bookforum

"The access he had is as fascinating as the photos." —Mother Jones

 
Danny Lyon has long been considered one of the most original and influential documentary photographers and has produced numerous highly collectible photobooks, mounted solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, and won two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Fellowship, and ten National Endowment for the Arts awards. Lyon divides his time between New York State and New Mexico.      
Contents and sections:

Foreword
Introduction by Billy McCune


Diagnostic
  • Three Young Inmates

  • Ferguson
  • Letter
  • Smiley
  • The Death of James Grey

  • Ramsey
  • Record of a Convicted Murderer

  • Ellis
  • Escape Report
  • Letter

  • Wynne

    Billy McCune

    Neither a Master nor a Slave

         
    Danny Lyon's Conversations with the Dead   Danny Lyon looks back at his powerful prison photos   Looking back at Danny Lyon’s convicts  
         
    Danny Lyon spent 14 months photographing inside the Texas penitentiary system - this is what he found
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      The brilliant photographer describes the how he got into Texan prisons and why the experience still haunts him
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      What are the prisoners trying to tell us in Lyon’s seminal 1960s prison book, Conversations with the Dead?
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