Feb 26, 2015
Feb 26, 2015

Huey and Dominick, Foreman. Both Men Have Brought Down Many of the Buildings on the Brooklyn Bridge Site. Dominick Directed the Demolition of 100 Gold Street, from The Destruction of Lower Manhattan

Huey and Dominick, Foreman. Both Men Have Brought Down Many of the Buildings on the Brooklyn Bridge Site. Dominick Directed the Demolition of 100 Gold Street, from The Destruction of Lower Manhattan

1966–1967

Danny Lyon

(American, 1942-)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 25.3 x 24.9 cm (9 15/16 x 9 13/16 in.); Paper: 35.4 x 27.7 cm (13 15/16 x 10 7/8 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2014.491

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Social turmoil and division caused by the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War plagued America in the mid-1960s. Lyon was initially not welcomed by the demolition crews, whose supervisors associated him with draft dodgers and antiwar protesters because of his beard and long hair. “That year in Lower Manhattan, workers with hard hats adorned with US flags attacked antiwar demonstrators and beat them up,” Lyon remembers. “The first time Dominick saw me walking past his building with my beard, and a black cloth [used for focusing the camera] hung over my shoulder, he yelled out, ‘Why don’t you have a gun over your shoulder, instead of that . . . camera?’”

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Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph

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