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November 20: Danny Lyon and Howard French in Conversation

Tuesday, November 20
7 PM
 Danny Lyon, Ping Yao (Playing Game), 2005

Danny Lyon and Howard French speak about photography, China, and journalism.

Born in 1942 in Brooklyn, Danny Lyon received a BA from the University of Chicago in 1963. He has had solo exhibitions at the Menil Collection, Houston; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., among numerous others, and his photographs are in collections worldwide. His work is currently on view at the de Young Museum in San Francisco in “This World Is Not My Home: Photographs by Danny Lyon,” which originated at the Menil Collection and will continue on to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. A partial list of Lyon’s books includes Bikeriders (MacMillan, 1968; reprinted Twin Palms, 1997; Chronicle Books, 2003), Conversations with the Dead (Holt, 1971), Pictures from the New World (Aperture, 1981), and Indian Nation (Twin Palms, 2002). He published Memories of Myself (Phaidon) in 2009, Deep Sea Diver (Phaidon) in 2011, and a new book is slated for 2013. Lyon has been awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Fellowship, and ten National Endowment for the Arts awards, in both film and photography. He was the first staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), traveling the South from 1963 to 1964 to capture the civil rights movement. Danny Lyon divides his time between New York and New Mexico.

Howard French received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. He worked as a French-English translator in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in the early 1980s, and taught English literature at the University of Ivory Coast. His career in journalism began as a freelance reporter for The Washington Post and many other publications in West Africa. He was hired by The New York Times in 1986, and worked as a metropolitan reporter for three years, and from 1990 to 2008 reported for The Times as bureau chief for Central America and the Caribbean, West Africa, Japan and the Koreas, and China in Shanghai. During this time, his work was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; he was twice the recipient of an Overseas Press Club Award, and he has also won the Grantham Environmental Award, among other awards. His work has been published in The Nation, The New York Review of Books, Transition, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Crisis, and Travel and Leisure. He is also a documentary photographer, whose work, “Disappearing Shanghai,” has been displayed in Asia, Europe and North America.

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