Fascinated by outsiders and subcultures, photographer and documentary filmmaker, Danny Lyon (*1942), developed a more subjective and partisan form of reportage. With great courage he began photographing the Civil Rights Movement in 1962. Many of his long-term projects were dedicated to America’s social outcasts, most famously the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club. From the late 1960s, Lyon turned increasingly to film, using the medium to continue his close engagement with the people he was documenting. This first full-career retrospective brings together the artist’s classic photographic series with a selection of his little-known films, collage works and fascinating material from his personal archive.
The exhibition is organised by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
© Danny Lyon, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Commitee (SNCC) Sit-In, Atlanta, 1963
What happens when photographers and artists incorporate hobbies into their work as a means of challenging artistic practices and hierarchies? How do hobbyists describe their passions photographically, not least today in our era of digital communication and online blogs? This is the first major exhibition to explore the relationship between photography and hobby culture, both in connection to photography of hobbies and also photography as a hobby practice. From the hippy and avant-garde cultures of the 1960s, to 1980s do-it-yourself, to today’s maker movement, The Hobbyist explores photography’s engagement with a wide variety of lively, often quirky amateur obsessions.
© Ricardo Cases, from Paloma al aire, 2011