Danny Lyon - Conversations with the Dead

Danny Lyon - Conversations with the Dead

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

Conversations with the Dead provides an extraordinary photographic record of life inside six Texas prisons and the relationships Lyon built with the inmates. Revolutionary at the time of publication, it was one of the first photobooks to include ephemera.

This new edition has been updated with an afterward by Lyon himself detailing what happened to the inmates in the 40 years since the book was first published.

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.

"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

"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

204 pages