Jun 14, 2013

Rachel Homer

The Destruction of Lower Manhattan

Rachel Homer

1967, printed 2007

Danny Lyon

(American, 1942-)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 25.5 x 20.2 cm (10 1/16 x 7 15/16 in.); Paper: 35.4 x 27.7 cm (13 15/16 x 10 7/8 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2012.409



In an abandoned loft, Lyon found a blank printer’s book and began using it as a diary. On June 27, 1967, he noted, “Today I met Rachel. I knelt on the floor of the Park Place Gallery trying to arrange some pictures I was showing, and there she stood in a mod outfit and close cropped hair—I thought it was a boy, even after she spoke.” In 2004 Lyon reminisced that “meeting Rachel changed everything. Until then I had really done almost nothing but photograph the buildings. That and print my photographs in the darkroom and be lonely and smoke pot and go to sleep and await another day to make more photographs.” In September 1967, the couple left Manhattan for Texas, where Lyon would photograph inside the prison system.

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