Photojournalist Danny Lyon reflects on the reissue of “Conversations with the Dead”

It started in 1967 when Danny Lyon was a young photographer and spent 14 months in six institutions to photograph the life of the inmates. The portraits were published in “Conversations with the Dead” in 1971 with a foreword “to make a picture of imprisonment as distressing as I knew it to be.”

Forty-seven years later, he ponders on his works:

“If, back in 1968, I thought I could bring down the mighty walls of the Texas prison system by publishing ‘Conversations with the Dead’ and the work of Billy McCune, then those years of work are among the greatest failures of my life. . . . Prison is part and parcel of America, part of the American way. It’s like a cancer inside us.”

Source: An Unfinished Prison Story – The New Yorker

 

 

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Image source: An Unfinished Prison Story – The New Yorker | The line. Ferguson Unit, Midway, Texas. Credit PHOTOGRAPH BY DANNY LYON/EDWYNN HOUK GALLERY

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