Danny Lyon (American, 1942-)
gelatin silver print, Image: 25.5 x 20.2 cm (10 x 7 15/16 in.); Paper: 35.4 x 27.7 cm (13 7/8 x 10 7/8 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 15 15/16 in.). Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2012.409
In an abandoned loft, Lyon found a blank printerâ€™s book and began using it as a diary. On June 27, 1967, he noted, â€śToday I met Rachel. I knelt on the floor of the Park Place Gallery trying to arrange some pictures I was showing, and there she stood in a mod outfit and close cropped hairâ€”I thought it was a boy, even after she spoke.â€ť In 2004 Lyon reminisced that â€śmeeting Rachel changed everything. Until then I had really done almost nothing but photograph the buildings. That and print my photographs in the darkroom and be lonely and smoke pot and go to sleep and await another day to make more photographs.â€ť In September 1967, the couple left Manhattan for Texas, where Lyon would photograph inside the prison system.
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