October 19, 2007
Four Boys in Uptown, 1965
If you click on the thumbnail image above, you will be taken directly to the George Eastman House online archives. The vast digital collection includes several images by well-known photographer Danny Lyon, who photographed people in Uptown, such as this group of boys, in the mid sixties. Another image can be found at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Born in 1942, Danny Lyon grew up in Queens, New York. Inspired by the novel On the Road, he hitchhiked across the U.S. when he was 20. He first spent time in Chicago as a student of the University of Chicago, studying history, and returned in 1964, when he joined the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club. He rode with the club for two years, and published his photos in the book The Bikeriders. Other books include Conversations with the Dead, a series of photos from the Texas prison system. Today, Lyon lives in New York, where he continues his photography and filmwork.