Feb 8, 2019
Feb 8, 2019

Interior of a Prisoner's Cell, Walls Unit

Conversations with the Dead: Photographs of Prison Life with the Letters and Drawings of Billy McCune

Interior of a Prisoner's Cell, Walls Unit

1969, printed 2014

Danny Lyon

(American, 1942-)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 22.6 x 33.4 cm (8 7/8 x 13 1/8 in.); Paper: 27.7 x 35.5 cm (10 7/8 x 14 in.)

Gift of Holly and James Bogin 2017.304



Danny Lyon has called himself a journalist and his work “advocacy journalism.” This scene is part of a series called Conversations with the Dead, the result of the fourteen months in 1967–68 that Lyon spent photographing inside the Texas penitentiary system. “I tried with whatever power I had to make a picture of imprisonment as distressing as I knew it to be in reality.”

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