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Conversations with the Dead
Author: Danny Lyon

ISBN: 9780714870519
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 19 August 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 27.9 x 2.3
In 1967 Danny Lyon spent 14 months embedded within six different Texas penitentiaries. With the backdrop of the Vietnam war, and the civil rights movement a few years previously, Lyon was a active proponent of liberal ideals. Having just finished his groundbreaking work, 'The Bikeriders', he was very socio-politically engaged and wanted to give a voice to the 'dregs' of society. Having persuaded the Texas prison authorities he was an avid supporter of their system, he was given unprecedented unlimited access to the facilities and the inmates, under the full cooperation of the authorities. Inside the walls of the prisons, he developed close relationships and friendships with several inmates, who opened up to him as a confidante. The photographs he took and the ephemera he collected (letters, official documents and drawings and writings by Billy McCune) during this time are assembled together in this influential photobook that reveals Lyon's compassionate and uncompromising view of the brutality of the US judicial system.

The original version of the book, in 1969, appeared as a small unfinished portfolio printed in the print shop of one of the prisons, 'Walls', and was entitled,

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