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The Destruction of Lower Manhattan Hardcover – May 1, 2005

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Danny Lyon was born in Brooklyn. While studying history at the University of Chicago, Lyon joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee as their first staff photographer. One of the best-known photojournalists today, Lyon has produced ten books of photography and an equal number of nonfiction films. His books include, Indian Nations (Twin Palms, 2002), Knave of Hearts (Twin Palms, 1999), a memoir, Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement (University of North Carolina, 1992), Merci Gonaives (Bleak Beauty, 1988), an account of the 1986 Haitian revolution, and Conversations with the Dead (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970), the first book by a photojournalist inside the American prison system. He has received a Rockefeller Fellowship in filmmaking, Guggenheim Fellowships for photography and filmmaking, and numerous fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. His photographs are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Corcoran Gallery of Art and The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; as well as other museums throughout the world. Lyon farms in Ulster County, New York and Sandoval County, New Mexico.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books; 2 edition (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576872327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576872321
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These photographs were originally published in 1967 and at the time, they represented the norm for solid earnest photography. that is, the technique and understated design stood in service of the images. By the way, I've seen the actual photographs. The Museum of the City of New York just opened a show of these same images. So one reacts not to the photo but to the subject: these now long gone buildings, and the even older signs of a long past life (for example a calendar from 1951 on the wall of one of the shabby lofts).

This work stands in sharp contrast to the current trend in photography .... a typical current show will feature large scale images, usually in color, always over printed. I will be standing in front of a life sized and unflattering portrait of a person - and wonder why the image was selected. After noting the skin texture (always more present than in life) I walk away with... nothing. Not so with these. I first saw this book in 1970 when in a sculpture class in Cooper Union. Although I had not seen the book in at least 25 years, I never forgot them.

Buy the book - it will be one book you will look at for sure 25 years hence.
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After Berenice Abbot in the thirties, this is a great time document on the changes in the city. A beautiful book, nice lay-out and wonderful printing. The book you must have if you like photography and New York City.
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Please make a regular edition of this book that regular people can afford. It looks amazing.
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You mean I don't have to pay $300 dollars for a used copy of this on auction? Great. That's what they've been selling for before this reissue. It's about time. I never thought I'd own a copy until now, without paying a small ransom.
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For anyone interested in NYC, this is a must-read. Not only are the photos fantastic, but the book shows a time in living memory that is all but forgotten. What a treasure this book has become as a time-capsule of an era of massive change to the city streets and architecture - civil war buildings and entire neighborhoods wiped out. Lyon captures that moment of transition, when one face of the city is erased to create another. His documentation is invaluable, showing us a desolate urban landscape that must have been oh so incredible to explore.
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