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Danny Lyon: The World Is Not My Home

For the past five decades the photographer Danny Lyon has produced a mix of documentary photographs and film – both politically conscious and personal. As the artist turns 70 this year, a new exhibition called The World is Not My Home: Danny Lyon Photographs will celebrate his lengthy career at the Menil Collection in Houston from March 30 to July 29.

In the early 1960s when many photographers where working the poetry of the streets and snubbing their noses at the tradition of “photojournalism,” Lyon embraced both the lyrical potential of photography as well as its ability to raise awareness to current political issues. Some of his earliest images as a staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) documenting the civil rights demonstrations against segregation in the South (later published in the book The Movement) made their way into the mainstream press and also onto SNCC posters and brochures. “My camera was my entrance into another world…I had the rare privilege to see history firsthand.”

The Menil Collection has played an important role in Lyon’s career as it was one of the first institutions to acquire his prints as early as 1974 and the Collection currently holds 246 of his photographs. “Addie and Ted de Menil [Adelaide de Menil and Edmund Carpenter Snow] made a large contribution of my work to the Collection, and that morphed into this larger show,” Lyons said of the exhibition. The photographer’s cousins Leon and Ginette Henkin also gave the Collection 20 vintage prints that Lyons had given to the them in the sixties and early seventies. The World is Not My Home: Danny Lyon Photographs will consist of approximately 45 photographs covering his career from 1962 to the present including recent montages and his Polaroid albums which have never been shown.

Lyon lived in East Texas and Houston for 14 months while photographing within Texas prisons. This work would eventually be published in his 1969 book Conversations With the Dead: Photographs of Prison Life, with the letters and drawings of Billy McCune #122054. Lyon’s virtually unrestricted access to several prisons and their inmates went as far as conceiving the idea of having his book printed by the inmates working in the Huntsville prison print shop. The fruit of this idea, a smaller and necessarily less ambitious book of 15 images called Born to Lose (printed by Don Moss #150590 and with layout and lithography by ‘Smiley’ Renton #189994 and Ed Carlock #192204) will also be on display in this exhibition at the Menil.

John and Dominique de Menil started their collection in 1945, focusing on European painting and American contemporary works including Minimalism and Pop Art. The collection holds nearly 16,000 works of art. “I met Dominique when she was a teacher in Houston,” Lyon recalls. “She knew of my work in the prisons and helped me get art supplies to Billy McCune. In 1974, Mrs. de Menil was one of the first to ever purchase prints from me, and then in 1975 paid for the making of my film Los Ninos Abandonados. She handed me a check and said, ‘Don’t tell anyone.’” Los Ninos Abandondos is a film about street children in Colombia which has been recently been digitally restored and will be shown at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts as a companion piece to this show.

Los Niños Abandonados (1975) – Restored 2012 (Trailer) from Watchmaker Films on Vimeo.

“Dominique de Menil said to me many years ago that there was always something ‘happy and sad’ in my photographs,” Lyon says. “The announcement card shows a man gleaning coal walking down a long and sad railroad track. It could have been taken in America during the Depression, but it was made in China four years ago as part of my Phaidon book Deep Sea Diver. The hymn The World is Not My Home is a sad one, but it also implies an existential relationship to life and the world around us.”

Danny Lyon is an American photographer. He blogs at this address (http://dektol.wordpress.com) where he posts his current work with the Occupy movement, and more of his work can be seen here on his website. The above photographs are from the show The World Is Not My Home: Danny Lyon Photographs, on view at the Menil Collection in Houston, March 30 – July 29. 

Jeffrey Ladd is a photographer, writer, editor and founder of Errata Editions. Visit his blog here.

The Lenscratch Summer Exhibition

Ah summer…4th of July BBQ’s, a dip in the pool, time slowed down. I have to say that living in Los Angeles is sort of year round summer–the lure of the ocean, an afternoon in the sun is not what I think of when June, July, and August roll around. To me, summer is a lake on the east coast, packing a suitcase, and cocktails on a dock. The image below is of my godson, Roy, participating in an annual tradition of the summer purchase and reading of some meaningful literature–literature that I notice everyone in the house at some point, sprawls out on a couch and reads.

Aline Smithson, Inquiring Minds, Longpond, MA

Happy Summer! Thank you for your submissions. It’s terrific to have submissions from all over the world, celebrating this time of year. Please submit to future Lenscratch calls…Visual Pranks and Puns is due August 15th, School Days is due September 1st, and Masks, Costumes, and Halloween is due October 24th. Think about making some work to fit these themes and who knows where it will take you! And now, here’s to a great summer with cameras in hand…..


James Friedman, © 2011 Summer Solstice, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Valery Rizzo, Pool Party, Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Steven C. De La Cruz, A Great Bite, My bedroom, Los Angeles, CA

Lauren Henkin, Summer, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dave Jordano, Woman Sleeping in a Parking Lot, Detroit, MI 2010

Ruben Natal-San Miguel, Pride Lemonade Stand Without Prejudice, 2011, NYC

Magali Duzant, Alice; One Way or Another, Pittsburgh, PA

Carolyn Hampton, Little red fish, Montecito, California, August 2009

Alex Nelson, Mom and Moe in the pool, Orvieto, Italy July 2010

Sarah Hadley, Fire, Indian Lake, Indian Lake, Ohio

Warren Harold, Snorkel, Houston, TX

Claire Mallett, Sunbather, Venice Beach, CA

Maura Brennan, The Deep End, Los Angeles, CA

Linda Plaisted, Luna Park,

Richard Allen Ashmore, Childhood, 2010, Telluride, Colorado

Susan Wides, Sheeps’s Meadow, July 2, 2007, Central Park, Sheep’s Meadow, NYC

Nikki Gardner, Cousins, Papoose Lake, Heath, Massachusetts

Constance Hobbs, Summers Fence, The Swordfish Club, West Hampton Beach, NY

Matilde Soligno, Late Summer, Strait of Messina, Italy

Bea Fresno, Dutch Summer, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rudy Ramos, Mid-Air, Cork, Ireland

Yoichi Nagata, Boe and Tupa, Tuvalu

Zeb Andrews, Salmon Street Springs, 8 seconds, Salmon Street Springs fountain in downtown Portland, Oregon

Ali Donnelly, Luna Moth, Durham, NC

Colin Aherne, A New Summer, Mallow, Co. Cork

Jason Reblando, Parade, Greendale, Wisconsin, from the series New Deal Utopias

Laura Burlton, Seaweed, Galveston, TX

Balazs Sprenc, I wanna go back, Szigetbecse (Hungary)

Sylvia de Swaan, Espejismo/Mirage, Moose River, The Adirondacks, New York State Summer 2001

Patricia A. Bender, Ella (19), Lake Michigan

Vito Pasquale, 13 feet 3 inches, New York

Katya Evdokimova, Reflection, Hyde Park, London, UK

Christin Boggs, Crocs in the Greenhouse, Mud Creek Farm, Victor, NY

Jim Marx, Cousins, California

Gerry Smith, Coloour my World, Dublin, Ireland

Consuelo Mendez, Reinaldo’s summer, Lake of Maracaibo, Venezuela

Aaron Hobson, Chartreuse Nights, Adirondacks, USA

Joanna Black, Scotland on the beach, Edinburgh, Scotland

Susan A. Barnett, BYE, from the series “Not In Your Face”2011, Coney Island, NY

The Large Format Group, Bigfoot, Alsea, OR

Sabrina Lau, Dream Ship, Warnemünde, Germany

Bernd Reinhardt, Fourth of July, Oceanside, CA, 2010

Jeff Friesen, Waterborne, Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Jack Nelson (photo taken by my father Jack Nelson), Waterman’s Lake, Rhode Island, 1958, Rhode Island

Marilyn Sanders, Surfers Greet Baby Seal, Hermosa, Beach, CA

David Westrop, Taking the time, Vancouver, Canada

Keith Prue, Coney Island, New York – 2011

John Neel, Floating Man, Florida

Suzanne Revy, Waves, 2010, Plum Island, MA

Natasha D’Schommer, Park Pool, Minneapolis, MN

Gordon Street, Brighton, MA

Monica Denevan, Pendulum, Burma 2007

Ken Rosenthal, 4 July, 2010 , Colville, WA

Steven Keirstead, Cool Summer Day, East Blue Hill Maine, MMVIII

Russell duPont, Nantasket Beach #1, Hull, MA

shāna, Levitating, Huntington, NY

Paul Romaniuk, That Summer at the Lake, Victoria, BC

Jamie Johnson, Betty, Topanga Canyon, CA

Jim Brammer, Paradise Found, Acapulco, Mexico

Jessica Tremp, the idea was to terrify but not touch, Goldfields Victoria Australia

Gina Kelly, Denali’s Favorite Toy, Minneapolis, MN

Anne Berry, Crab, Cumberland Island, GA, 2011

Liz Devine, Pool float, El Paso, TX at a hotel pool

Jon Kersey, Alice, Scott’s Valley, CA

Tabitha Soren, Action Off the Field, Modesto, California

Martin Cox, Ambiguity in front of the manor house (after Manet) June 2011, The Great Hall, Northern England

Katie Shapiro, Boy on rock, Tahoe, Lake Tahoe

Jason Hynes, Americano, York, U.K.

Kimi Kolba, Bask, Oregon

Michael Werner, Summer Sale, Forster NSW, from the series Greater Lakes, Forster, Australia

Jeremy Chandler, Spring Divers, Branford, FL

Laurie McCormick, Summer on the Cape Cape Cod, MA imagined

Kevin Messina, Fishing, Belgrade, Maine

Silke Hase, Männer! , Island in the River near Hamburg Germany

Rina Shapira, Tandem, Summer 2010, Venice Beach, CA

Jane Gottlieb, Malibu Hills, wide-lux shot in Malibu Hills 30 years ago,
recently scanned & photoshop enhanced

Mike E. Spitz, Fishing Time, Ohio

Kristianne Koch, Bathers From the Pier, San Clemente Pier looking toward Cottons Point

Louise Daddona, Goggles, Boca Raton, Florida

Emma Powell, Where I Leaned to Ice Skate, Middlebury, VT

Jim Robertson, Fountain Heads, Columbus, Ohio

Greg Zauswoz, Summer Keeps Fading, Wollongong, NSW, Australia

David Ranc, Bergamholidays, Bergamo, Italy

Isa Leshko, Dangling Legs from Thrills & Chills, Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, OH

Jessica Tampas, JPLobsang, Lakeside, MI

Amber J. Anderson, Hampshire Road Community Garden, 2010, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Panos Lambrou, Beach Soccer, Cadiz, Spain

Chuck Mintz, Kid/Legs, Ocean City, MD

Alek Lindus, svala beach, Samos, Greece

Kati Mennett, Sparkler, Sandwich, MA

Roland Jackson, Billy, Burlington (Secret Spot)

Francisco Arcaute, Fair, San Bernardino, CA

Cynthia Wood, Night Swimming, Palm Springs, CA

David Miller, Glass Olive + Fish, Redondo Beach, CA

Larry Torno, Pink Hydrangea, St. Louis, Missouri

Erin Tyner, Wake, Atlanta,GA

Christy Karpinski, Untitled (iris), Minneapolis, MN

Mark Eaton, The Race, Namyul Beach in South Korea

Janet L. Pritchard, August, Rhode Island

Winky Lewis, Harry at the drive-in, Saco, ME

Bill Chapman, Fan, Fenway Park, Boston, MA

Walter Beckham, Pool, Gulf Shores, AL

Michael Younker, Duel, Savannah, GA

Tamar Levine, Little Boxes, Los Angeles, CA

Robert Bright, Raining down on me, Latigo Shore Drive, Malibu, CA

Andi Schreiber, Fast Forward, Scarsdale, NY

Bjarte Edvardsen, The Rhubarb Pie Day, Ålgård, Norway

Robbie Kaye, Boy in the Sand, Los Angeles, CA

Donna Rosser, Peachtree Road Race Girl, Atlanta, GA — Peachtree Road Race July 4, 2010

Fran Forman, The Lost Sailor, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and my imagination

Christopher Mellevold, Gracie, Willamsport, PA

Sharon Johnson-Tennant, Seagull, Block Island, Rhode Island

Suzanne Harrison, Karolina, Ludza, Latvia

Kent Krugh, Child and Ocean, Folly Beach, South Carolina

Marjorie Salvaterra, Uncle Dan’s Beach House, Malibu, CA

Mitch Karunaratne, From the Escape series, London

Meagan Cignoli, Ana and the Volcano, Iceland

Danielle Kelly, The Chase, Outer Banks of North Carolina

Mark Lozier, Uncertain Times, 42St New York City

Magali Duzant, Alice; One Way or Another, Pittsburgh, PA

Pekka Nikrus, The Legs Of Summer, Helsinki, Finland

Julien Marie, Longing…, Plage des Chevrets, Saint-Coulomb, France

Valery Rizzo, Pin-up girls, Coney Island, Brooklyn

Marla Bane, Bane Family, Atlantic Beach Club
Learning to swim at the Atlantic Beach Club outside NYC (maybe Queens or Brooklyn) circa 1956 with my wonderful family. It was the kind of place you can imagine from the 1950’s and that movie whose name I forget that takes place in one of these archetypal beach clubs outside on NYC on the Atlantic during this time. We had a cabana for the summer. The women played mah jongg. The men played gin. The woman tried to out dress each other. The men wore hats. Everyone ate a lot of food and I remember gales of laughter. Whatever happened to bathing caps? Me in front. L-R: my maternal grandfather Jack Levine, my aunt Sara Solove Podair, my mother Lois Bane Ross, my father Sylvan Bane, my uncle Ruben Solove and my maternal grandmother Beatrice Levine. This is what I did for a few summers before I started going to overnight night in the Pocono’s. It was heaven. The world most certainly has changed.

Photo Radio Blog by Lauren Henkin

I try to keep posts about my own photo career to a minimum on Lenscratch, but wanted to acknowledge the terrific Photo Radio blog by Lauren Henkin, and a series of recent interviews she conducted at Photolucida, one of which, was with me! Other interviews conducted at Photolucida are with Melanie McWhorter from photo-eye, photographer Cat Gwynn, and Fraction Magazine’s David Bram. There are more to come, and be sure to book mark this site for future good listening!

Diffusion Magazine 2011

Publisher, photographer, and all around visionary, Blue Mitchell, has recently released the 2011 issue of Diffusion Magazine (Vol lll). It’s ready for purchase and sure to be another wonderful issue full of inspiration and uncommon images. Also included are articles by Zeb Andrews, Libby Rowe, Lauren Henkin, and Blue Mitchell. Blue began this annual publication in 2009 as a place to celebrate photographs and photographers who were using unusual, historical, and creative approaches to image making.

In conjunction with the launch of the 2011 issue, the Jennifer Schwartz Gallery in Atlanta will be showcasing many of the featured artists. The exhibition opens on June 11th-July 16th, 2011.

Displaced (2010) by Lauren Henkin

Infinite Pines (2008) by Becky Comber

Untitled (2010) by Becky Comber

Untitled (2008) by Becky Comber

Rescuing Victory (2010) by Charles Grogg

Magnolia Tree (2010) by Charles Grogg

Rescue (2008) by Charles Grogg

The Thief (2008) by Jason E. Kelley

The Centurion and the Druid (2010) by Jason E. Kelley

Tea Party (2009) by Jason E. Kelley

Chandelier (2003) by Ann Pallesen

Dahlias (2004) by Ann Pallesen

Plush (2003) by Ann Pallesen

It Still Had All Its Teeth (2009) by Kate Stone

There Were Bras Hanging in the Window (2009) by Kate Stone

Turned Out She Was Down the Block (2009) by Kate Stone

Joanna, Age 16 (2004) by Rita Bernstein

Witness (2010) by Rita Bernstein

Blackbird (2010) by Rita Bernstein

Suburban Sublime #1 (2010) by Christopher Jordan

Suburban Sublime #13 (2010) by Christopher Jordan

Suburban Sublime #14 (2010) by Christopher Jordan

Object Diaspora #27 (2010) by Jennifer Schlesinger

Object Diaspora #12 (2009) by Jennifer Schlesinger

Object Diaspora #1 (2009) by Jennifer Schlesinger

Swept Away (2009) by Libby Rowe

Photolucida 2011

Image by ©Mike Davis/www.michaelddavis.com

I have just returned from Photolucida, a 5 day portfolio review event that takes place every two years in Portland. One hundred and sixty photographers, sixty reviewers, a host of volunteers, almost two dozen local “roving” reviewers, and the incredible Photolucida board, spearheaded by Laura Moya, meet for portfolio reviews, lectures, networking, exhibitions, and all things photography at the wonderful Benson Hotel in downtown Portland. It’s an intense experience, not for the faint of heart, and not for the unprepared.

The Benson Hotel, Portland, OR

Wednesday was arrival day, with photographers and reviewers checking into the hotel and greeting old friends. An evening welcome meeting started the event, followed by a lecture about collecting photography featuring Charles Hartman and Julia Dolan.

Thursday morning, we hit the ground running, with our portfolios and reviewer schedules in hand. Mornings and afternoons (from 9-5) were for official reviews, 20 minutes long and often coined as “speed dating for photographers”. “Reviewers were selected for their experience, involvement, and commitment to advancing the work of emerging and mid-career artists. Over the years, many participants have made contacts that have led directly to exhibitions, publications, and sales, in addition to receiving useful critiques.”

Images by Aline Smithson

Photographers selected their reviewers in advance, focusing on the editors, curators, gallerists, or publishers that were best suited to their portfolios.

There were daily lunch time lectures featuring speakers Michael Itkoff from Daylight Magazine, photographer Julie Blackmon, photographer and publisher Lauren Henkin, writer and curator Larissa Leclair and photographer and publisher Raymond Meeks. When photographers had any free time, they congregated in the the lobby or in an additional ballroom that hosted roving reviews and portfolio sharing.

Image by ©Mike Davis/www.michaelddavis.com

The Photographer’s Portfolio Walk was hosted at the Portland Art Museum on Thursday evening. Three one-hour-long sessions allowed photographers, reviewers, and the the Portland community a chance to see the many portfolios brought to the event.

Image by ©Mike Davis/www.michaelddavis.com

Image by Robbie Kaye

After the reviews, the night time activities kicked in. Friday night, the Portland Art Museum hosted a lecture by photographer Todd Hido. Saturday night offered a host of exhibition openings at local Portland galleries, and Photolucida finished with a Sunday night party at Blue Sky Gallery.

By the end of the event, I had shared my portfolio with about two dozen reviewers, many photographers, and had a chance to connect in a significant way with many others. Whenever I hear photographers complaining about the costs of a review, I acknowledge that yes, it’s expensive, but I like to think of it as part of my education, my marketing, and my growth as a photographer. Portfolio reviews are unique to the photo world, and we need to remember that having access to museum curators, magazine editors, gallerists, book publishers, or Photography Center directors is truly remarkable.

Personal successes of a review are often not immediately evident, but over time those connections and relationships grow and flourish. I have been given shows years after first meeting with a reviewer. In addition to establishing relationships with reviewers, connections with fellow photographers are just as important as sometimes photographers go on to become editors (David Bram, Michael Itkoff, Blue Mitchell, Jason Houston), Directors of Photography Centers (Kyohe Abe), curators, or your biggest supporters.

A big thank you to all the organizers, to the busy reviewers who made time in their schedules to come share their expertise, and to all the photographers who shared their amazing images, offered support and friendship. A special thank you to my roommate and friend, Noelle Swan Gilbert, who kept me laughing and real.