1965, printed later
(American, b. 1942)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 27.9 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in.)
Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2023.79
After World War II, there was a migration of tens of thousands of white Appalachians to midwestern cities in search of employment.
Uptown, a tough, rundown neighborhood, was the center of Appalachian settlement in Chicago. Its inhabitants, characterized in the press of the time as lazy “hillbillys,” faced discrimination and high unemployment. Lyon photographed the inhabitants of Clifton Street there. “The pictures,” he wrote, “do not ask you to ‘help’ these people, but something much more difficult; to be briefly and intensely aware of their existence, an existence as real and significant as your own.”
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