Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement
through March 15th.
It is hard to imagine the world that Danny Lyon's works take us back to. In this selection at Etherton Gallery we celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In the work we see rallies, protestors, and marches; preachers, police, and jail cells. All these years later the images remain super-charged. There is a throbbing urgency to the frames and a potency to the gazes of all his subjects; they are full of passion, hope, and at times hate. Lyon is celebrated as a photographic legend and has spent his life documenting his subjects as an insider, and to make them Lyon was harassed, beaten, and even jailed. These works take us back, instantly, to the front lines of a movement that changed American history forever.
Fifty images for fifty years, Etherton's selections traces Lyon's work into the deep South to Selma, Birmingham, Montgomery, Albany, and Danville. Lyon was the first staff photographer of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, which played a leading role in student mobilization across the segregated south. It was this early work that helped Lyon sharpen his attentiveness to the defining moment, but to the power of documentary photography itself.
Accompanying the exhibition Etherton has signed copies of Lyon's book, Memories of Southern Civil Rights Movement, as well as additional works from his oeuvre.
Please visit Etherton Gallery for additional information on the exhibition and the artist.
Additional press links available from Etherton's site, including a Zocalo Magazine article and videos of Lyon in discussion on the work in conjunction with the 2014 National Geographic Photography Seminar.
Albany, Georgia 1962
Danny Lyon ©Dektol.wordpress.com, courtesy Etherton Gallery