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Two Early SNCC Press Photos (1962-64) by Danny Lyon - 1964

by Danny Lyon

Two Early SNCC Press Photos (1962-64) by Danny Lyon - 1964

Two Early SNCC Press Photos (1962-64)

by Danny Lyon

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Atlanta, GA: SNCC, 1964. 8 x 10 inch silver gelatin prints with crop marks in red. With SNCC's rubber stamp and contemporary inked and penciled notes to verso sides, as well as a photoengraving order form stuck to one regarding and order for its reproduction method in print. Slight edge wear, mostly to corners; remnants of scotch tape to edges, some light soiling; images remain vibrant and crisp.. Two silver gelatin prints of Danny Lyon photographs, issued by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) as press photos, which together bookmark Lyon's short-lived but highly impactful time working with the organization as their staff photographer.

Danny Lyon (b. 1942) first encountered lifelong friend John Lewis and the SNCC after hitchhiking south from Chicago to Cairo, IL and then Atlanta, GA in 1962 to help document the movement. Realizing the work of this earnest young photographer could be used to help give SNCC a "face" like its more notorious counterpart SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), organizer Paul Brooks requested a $300 grant from Harry Belafonte to fly Lyon out to the Mississippi Delta in Summer 1962 to "make pictures" of SNCC leader Bob Moses and the organization's voter registration efforts among the disenfranchised black population there. This would be Lyon's first paid photography job for the group, and predates his hiring-on as staff photographer by a full year (a position he took in June, 1963 upon finally completing his college courses).

In his book Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement, Lyon recalls getting secreted across highly segregated borders and towns, staying at Amzie Moore's house in Ruleville, and how "at night we drove to a church way back in the woods for a voter registration meeting". The first photograph is from that meeting, and depicts Moses conferring with an unnamed woman in a pew while Charlie Cobb, Charles McLaurin, and two older men confer in the pew ahead (in the aisle, Jesse Harris stoops over to speak with someone out of frame in the background, just his legs and arms visible). The following day, he took photos of the Rulesville canvassing, with Charlie saying he could "probably" get away with it "the first time" - a prophecy that proved out, as Lyon was detained and run out of town in Cleveland, MS the next time he pulled out his camera.


The second photo, taken in the summer of 1964, depicts two men at a "Freedom School" (improvised and most often open-air schools which taught literacy, history, and conducted voter registration) in the same part of the Mississippi Delta. In the interceding two years, Lyon had traveled all over the East and Southeast documenting the early days of the 1960s Civil Rights movement, first as a committed helper and for the second year as SNCC's first staff photographer, putting him and his iconic Nikon at almost every important event of the time. But for a variety of reasons - views on the current tactics' lesser compatibility with the photographic medium, a feeling of not being as indispensable, and a general air of fatigue - this trip to document Freedom Summer, culminating as it did in the murder of activists Mickey Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman, would prove to be Lyon's last job on the SNCC staff.


Though Lyon would later go on to achieve wider individual artistic notoriety for his iconic monograph The Bikeriders and a long body of work regarding incarceration and subculture, these two photos stand as signposts from the beginning and end of Lyon's first real education in socially-conscious photography, a period that remains, in his estimation, the most worthwhile work of his life. While a few of his photos from this time were made into SNCC posters or have been editioned as prints, actual artifactual prints (in this case, press photos circa 1964/early 1965, as the stamp bears the 6 Raymond Street address for the SNCC offices) are incredibly uncommon on the market, and we can find no sales records of other examples of these photos or similar SNCC press prints as of March 2024.
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  • Format/Binding 8 x 10 inch silver gelatin prints with crop marks in red. With SNCC's rubber stamp and contemporary inked and penciled notes to
  • Book Condition Used - Slight edge wear, mostly to corners; remnants of scotch tape to edges, some light soiling; images remain vibrant and crisp.
  • Publisher SNCC
  • Place of Publication Atlanta, GA
  • Date Published 1964
Conversations With the Dead: An Exhibition of Photographs of Prison Life

Conversations With the Dead: An Exhibition of Photographs of Prison Life

by Lyon, Danny

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Houston, Texas: Institute for the Arts: Rice University, 1970. First Edition. Softcover. As New. 12mo 7" - 7. Danny Lyon. Fine-looking catalog that was published to augment a photography exhibition by Danny Lyon, held in Houston from September 10 - October 11, 1970. Sterling condition softcover copy, virtually pristine condition, just out of the original publisher's packaging materials just out of the original packing boxes, with unfurled tips, tight binding, and clean internals, showing only very slight shelf- and edge-wear. Measures 9" x 6" tall and wide, staple-bound, black-and-white photograph to cover of leased-out convicts, and replete with bracing photography throughout. Fascinating collaboration between the photographer Danny Lyon and Prisoner #122054, Billy McCune, born 1928, in Waco, Texas.Member, I.O.B.A., C.B.A., and adherent to the highest ethical standards. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.
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Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement (The Lyndhurst Series on the South)
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Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement (The Lyndhurst Series on the South)

by Lyon, Danny

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Brand: Univ of North Carolina Pr, 0000-00-00. First Edition. hardcover. Used: Good.
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Conversations With the Dead: An Exhibition of Photographs of Prison Life

Conversations With the Dead: An Exhibition of Photographs of Prison Life

by Billy McCune and Danny Lyon

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Houston: Institute for the Arts: Rice University, 1970. Paperback. Very good. Paperback. [8]pp. Tanned overall, else very good in publisher's wraps. Published to accompany the exhibition at the Institute for the Arts at Rice University.
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Camera Magazine, February 1977, No. 2: International Document of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century...

Camera Magazine, February 1977, No. 2: International Document of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Photography

by Porter, Allan; Danny Lyon; Minor White; Ara Guler; Sepp Seitz

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Lucerne: C.J. Bucher, 1977. Magazine. First edition. Very Good magazine with rubbing to the covers and a printer's wrinkle to the first page. SHIPS THE NEXT BUSINESS DAY, WRAPPED IN PADDING AND CARDBOARD. The February 1977 issue of Camera magazine with portfolios of work by Danny Lyon, Ara Guler, and Sepp Seitz. Also includes the second part of an interview with Minor White, a short technical section, photo-book reviews, and photography-related news. Edited by Allan Porter. Perfect-bound with thin card wraps; 48 pages; color and b&w illustrations throughout; 8.75 x 11.5 inches. Text in English.
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Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement (Lyndhurst Series on the South)
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Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement (Lyndhurst Series on the South)

by Lyon, Danny

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UsedAcceptable. Item in acceptable condition including possible liquid damage. As well answers may be filled in. May be missing DVDs, CDs, Access code, etc. 100%Money-Back Guarantee! Ship within 24 hours!!
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Aperture Magazine No. 167, Summer 2002

Aperture Magazine No. 167, Summer 2002

by Harris, Melissa; Danny Lyon; Nikki Lee; Flor Garduno; Lucas Samaras; Mike Fay; Michael Nick Nichols; Michael Hoffman

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New York: Aperture Foundation, 2002. Paperback. The Summer 2002 issue of Aperture magazine, No. 167, with: Danny Lyon on Nikki Lee; a portfolio of work by Flor Garduno; an interview with Lucas Samaras; Mike Fay and the mega-transect in Africa with photographs by Michael (Nick) Nichols; Russian photography; in memoriam for Michael Hoffman; and much more. Edited by Melissa Harris; art directed by Yolanda Cuomo. First edition. Perfect-bound stiff card covers; 80 pages; color and b&w illustrations throughout; 9.5 x 11.5 inches. Condition: Very Good+ with light shelf wear and light blunting/bumping to the tips. Will be sandwiched securely between stiff layers of cardboard and shipped the next business day.
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Aperture Magazine No. 92, Fall 1983

Aperture Magazine No. 92, Fall 1983

by Hoffman, Michael; Marketa Luskacova; Mark Haworth-Booth; Philipp Scholz Rittermann; Miguel Rio Branco; Danny Lyon; John Heilpern; Ralston Crawford; Ben Maddow

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Millerton, NY: Aperture, 1983. Paperback. The Fall 1983 issue of Aperture magazine, No. 92, with: portfolio on Slovakia pilgrims by Marketa Luskacova with text by Mark Haworth-Booth; portfolios of photographs by Philipp Scholz Rittermann and Miguel Rio Branco; Danny Lyon on the death of Camera Arts magazine; John Heilpern on Ralston Crawford; Ben Maddow on the problems with how we see a photograph; review of Ralph Eugene Meatyard and flash photography exhibitions; and much more. Edited by Michael Hoffman and Carole Kismaric. First edition. Perfect-bound stiff card covers; 80 pages; color and b&w illustrations throughout; 9.5 x 11.5 inches. Condition: Near Fine paperback with a touch of shelf wear; promotional materials laid-in. Will be sandwiched securely between stiff layers of cardboard and shipped the next business day.
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Aperture Magazine No. 96, Fall 1984

Aperture Magazine No. 96, Fall 1984

by Eggleston, William; Joel Sternfeld; William Christenberry; Luis Medina; Patrick D. Pagnano; Jan Staller; Len Jenshel; Cindy Sherman; Lucas Samaras; Danny Lyon; Lewis Baltz

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New York: Aperture Foundation, 1984. Paperback. The Fall 1984 issue of Aperture magazine, No. 96, focusing on color photography, with: portfolios of photographs by William Eggleston (unpublished Berlin Series) with writings by Peter Schneider, Joel Sternfeld (social landscapes), William Christenberry (Klan Room), Luis Medina (Chicago’s painted walls), Patrick D. Pagnano (street photography), Jan Staller (city streets at night), and Len Jenshel (the natural world); Mark Holborn essay on Graceland by William Eggleston and the art of Cindy Sherman; Peter Plagens on Lucas Samaras; Danny Lyon reviews El Salvador and A Vanishing World; a long essay by Lewis Baltz titled "Konsumerterror: Late-Industrial Alienation;" and much more. First edition. Perfect-bound stiff card covers; 80 pages; color and b&w illustrations throughout; 9.5 x 11.5 inches. Condition: Near Fine paperback with light shelf wear. Will be sandwiched securely between stiff layers of cardboard and shipped the next business day.
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Aperture Magazine No. 100, Fall 1985: The Edge of Illusion

Aperture Magazine No. 100, Fall 1985: The Edge of Illusion

by Holborn, Mark; Richard Prince; Robert Cumming; John Baldessari; Joel-Peter Witkin; David Graham; Sarah Charlesworth; Danny Lyon; Ray Metzker; Wendy Ewald; Fred Ritchin

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New York: Aperture Foundation, 1985. Paperback. The Fall 1985 issue of Aperture magazine, No. 100, with: an interview with Richard Prince; portfolios of photographs by Robert Cumming, John Baldessari, Joel-Peter Witkin, David Graham, and Sarah Charlesworth; Danny Lyon on James Agee; Susan Dworkin on Brian de Palma's Body Double; article on Ray Metzker; Wendy Ewald and photographs by Appalachian children; Fred Ritchin on the future of photojournalism; Fidel Castro and the Colloquium on Latin American Photography, Havana, 1984; and much more. Edited by Mark Holborn. First edition. Perfect-bound stiff card covers; 80 pages; color and b&w illustrations throughout; 9.5 x 11.5 inches. Condition: Near Fine paperback with a touch of shelf wear. Will be sandwiched securely between stiff layers of cardboard and shipped the next business day.
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Merci Gonaives: A Photographer's Account of Haiti and the February Revolution
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Merci Gonaives: A Photographer's Account of Haiti and the February Revolution

by LYON, Danny

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New York: Bleak Beauty Books, 1988. First edition. Softcover. 62 pages. A collection of black and white photographs and text of Lyon's account of Haiti and the February Revolution. Includes 46 duotones. A near fine copy in photo-illustrated wrappers.
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