Friday, May 23, 2014

Amazing Colour Photographs of American Life in the 1970s by Danny Lyon

Danny Lyon (born 1942) is a self-taught American photographer and filmmaker. He emerged as a courageous participant and recorder of the civil rights movement in America in the early 1960s. He has long been considered one of the most popular and influential American photographers and pioneered the style of photographic 'New Journalism' - immersing himself and becoming a participant in his subjects' lives and leading the way in a style of photography that has influenced a following generation of photographers such as Nan Goldin.

While on assignment for DOCUMERICA, a program sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency to "photographically document subjects of environmental concern" in the USA, Danny Lyon captured striking images of inner city American life of the early 1970s, including neighborhoods in El Paso, Houston, Galveston, Chicago, and the boroughs of New York City.

El Paso's Second Ward Neighborhood, Which Is Losing Its Ethnic Flavor in the Wake of Urban Renewal

Teenagers of the Second Ward, the Spanish-Speaking Section of El Paso

Second Ward, the Spanish Speaking Section

El Paso's Second Ward Neighborhood

Teenagers in El Paso's Second Ward, a Classic "Barrio" on the Border of Mexico

El Paso's Second Ward Neighborhood

El Paso's Second Ward Neighborhood, Which Is Losing Its Ethnic Flavor in the Wake of Urban Renewal

Teenager in Second Ward Neighborhood

El Paso's Second Ward Neighborhood

Albuquerque Speedway Park

Armijo Community Center

Adobe Houses in the Second Ward

El Paso's Second Ward Neighborhood

El Paso's Second Ward Neighborhood

Automobile in the El Paso's Second Ward Neighborhood

Corner of 3rd and Oregon Streets in El Paso's Second Ward

Adobe Structure in Second Ward, Spanish-Speaking Section

Junked Automobiles Are Piled Three Deep Along Fence

El Paso's Second Ward Neighborhood

Rio Grande Valley

(Photographed by Danny Lyon, courtesy of The U.S. National Archives)

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