Nov 8, 2023
Nov 8, 2023

Solitary Confinement, Ramsey Unit

Conversations with the Dead: Photographs of Prison Life with the Letters and Drawings of Billy McCune

Solitary Confinement, Ramsey Unit

1968, printed later

Danny Lyon

(American, b. 1942)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 27.9 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in.)

Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2023.80


Did you know?

Danny Lyon was granted unprecedented permission to document the Texas prison system from the inside.


Over 14 months in 1967-1968 Lyon photographed throughout six prisons. Prisoners are often confined up to 23 hours per day in these solitary confinement cells. Lyon wrote about the photographs resulted from this project,"I tried with whatever power I had to make a picture of imprisonment as distressing as I knew it to be in reality."

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