The Line, Ferguson Unit, Texas Department of Corrections. USA. 1968. by Danny Lyon.
About The Line, Ferguson Unit, Texas Department of Corrections. USA. 1968.
With the cooperation of the Texas Department of Corrections, Lyon was granted unchecked access to all aspects of the prisoners’ lives.
At the time, the Texas prison system was still based on a format created during the era of slavery; the inmates were segregated and the officers and guards took on the role of gods.
Lyon was born in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York and is the son of Russian – Jewish mother Rebecca Henkin and German – Jewish father Dr. Ernst Fredrick Lyon. He grew up in Kew Gardens, Queens and then went on to study history and philosophy at the University of Chicago. Where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1963.
In Cairo, he photographed a protest at a segregated swimming pool and developed a deep affinity with the SNCC’s cause. A self taught photographer, he spent the next two years travelling around the South. Taking photographs for the group including almost all the major events during the Civil Rights Movement. After being accepted as the photographer for SNCC, Lyon was present at almost all of the major historical events during the movement capturing the moments with his camera.
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