Danny Lyon - Conversations with the Dead


  • Danny Lyon - Conversations with the Dead
  • Danny Lyon - Conversations with the Dead

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  • Softcover
  • Henry Holt & Company, 1971
  • Used. Condition: Some shelf wear and sunning to covers, slight warp at edges. Interior is clean with no marks.

Danny Lyon: Conversations with the Dead Conversations with the Dead (1971), was published with full cooperation of the Texas Department of Corrections. Lyon photographed in six prisons over a fourteen month period in 1967 to 1968. The series was printed to book in 1971 by Holt publishing. The introduction of Lyon's book points to a statement of purpose that the penal system of Texas is symbolic for incarceration everywhere. He states, "I tried with whatever power I had to make a picture of imprisonment as distressing as I knew it to be in reality." Lyon befriended many of the prisoners. The book also includes texts taken from prison records, letters from the convicts, and inmate artwork. In particular, the book focuses on the case of Billy McCune, a convicted rapist whose death sentence was commuted to life in prison during the climax of the book's popularity. In the foreword, Lyon describes Billy as a diagnosed psychotic, who one evening, while awaiting execution, "cut his penis off to the root and, placing it in a cup, passed it between the bars to the guard." (Wikipedia)

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