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BULLETIN BOARDS: PRINTS INTO BOOKS & FILMS:
IN CONVERSATION WITH DANNY LYON
Friday June 14 + Saturday June 15, 2019
Bowen Island, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Meet one of the most important American photographers of the last half century and get to know his work intimately spending 2 special days in his company in the idyllic settings of Bowen Island, Vancouver’s favorite weekend getaway just a short 20-minute ferry ride from the city.
A champion of social change challenging established documentary practices early on in his prolific career, Danny will share the inspiring life stories and artistic philosophy behind many of his hugely influential works, books and films including ‘The Bikeriders’ and ‘Conversations with the Dead’. Participants will interact with Danny in an informal open format allowing for questions and more.
ABOUT DANNY LYON
Danny Lyon is a photo-journalist, writer and filmmaker. He has long been considered one of the most original and influential documentary photographers and has produced numerous highly collectible photobooks, mounted solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, and won two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Fellowship, and ten National Endowment for the Arts awards. Among his many books are The Bikeriders, Conversations with the Dead, and Knave of Hearts. He regularly shows at Gavin Brown Enterprises and Terry Etherton.
FRIDAY, JUNE 14 | 10am – 5pm
Bowen Island Lodge, Bowen Island
Over the course of the first seminar day Danny will present a number of his groundbreaking photography works. Using the book format as a narrative springboard, Danny will expand each project beyond its known scope by playing original audio recordings as well as 16mm remastered footage to bring their important humanistic message into a fuller context of understanding and expression.
Book edition and their making of will also be discussed in depth, especially the tensions between image and text, stills vs motion pictures, photomontages vs single photographs, as well as his extensive use of Polaroid instant imagery as an autobiographical tool throughout his career.
DAY 1: PHOTOGRAPHS INTO BOOKS, MATERIALS COVERED
“Conversations with the Dead” Book (1971, Re-edited: Phaidon, 2015) Audio of Billy McCune, 16mm footage of Texas Prisons, stills vs motion pictures
“The Bikeriders” Book (1969, Re-edited: 2003, Chronicle Books; 2014: Aperture) Audio from the Bikeriders
“I like to Eat Right on the Dirt” Book (1989, Bleak Beauty Books) Using Polaroids in Books, The maquette, Polaroid Magazine
“Knave of Hearts”, Book (1999, Twin Palm Publishers) Maquette, writing for pictures
Bushwick: “Let Them Kill Themselves” (1996, Le Point Du Jour Editeur) Maquette and audio of Carlos Ferreira
* Please note outlined program details for both days were provided by the artist and are subject to change. The artist may bring in additional materials and/or choose to work with a different edition of works.
SATURDAY, JUNE 15 | 10am – 5pm
Bowen Island Lodge, Bowen Island
After his ground breaking work as a photojournalist in the 1960’s, Danny Lyon turned to films, making a series of non-fiction films in the 1970’s and 1980’s. With the recent recognition of the 2016 Message To The Future de Young/Whitney retrospective, funds were provided to preserve these remarkable 16mm films. High resolution digital scans were made from the original A&B negative rolls under the close supervision of the artist.
In a reversal approach for this second seminar day Danny will show some of his most personal movies along with rarely seen historical footage he shot during the Civil Rights Movement era. By interplaying his movies with both recent interviews and contemporaneous photographs, Danny will invoke a fluid and powerful narration to take shape challenging media juxtaposition vs emotional integration and embarking us on a new, dynamic understanding of time, past, present and future.
DAY 2: PHOTOGRAPHS INTO FILMS, MATERIALS COVERED
“Born to film” Movie (1982), New York & Mexico, Black & White, 33 min.
“Two Fathers” Movie (2005), New York, 30 min., 27 years later
The Leesburg Stockage (DV)
John Lewis, a work in progress (DV of Julian Bond and John Lewis)
DAY 2 (CONT’D): WORKING WITH PHOTOGRAPHS AND TEXTS
The Story of Sam (2016, Bleak Beauty Books)
“Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement” Book (2010 Twin Palm Publishers)
SEMINAR LOCATION: BOWEN ISLAND
Nestled in spectacular Howe Sound, North America’s southernmost fjord surrounded by towering peaks that rise straight out of the sea, Bowen Island is Vancouver’s natural playground since the 1900s. Dubbed Happy Isle in the 1950s, this enchanted island is known to Vancouverites for its exceptional serenity and laid-back country living easily accessible just a short 20-minute ferry ride from the city.
Today Bowen Island attracts visitors from all around the globe for its lakes, beaches, crown forest lands and beautiful hiking trails up to Mount Gardner (2350 feet) offering stunning panoramic views of Howe Sound. Visitors can also enjoy ‘Snug Cove’, its tiny port and historical marina revitalized with an array of attractions, historic old turn-of-the-century buildings, quaint boutiques, galleries and boardwalks.
THE BOWEN ISLAND LODGE – After a thrilling artful day, kick back with a good book by the large wood burning stone fireplace, or relax in the shade of the cedars overlooking the shoreline and natural beauty that surrounds the Lodge. Located in Deep Bay, a short stroll from the ferry terminal and Snug Cove’s amenities, the Bowen Island Lodge features 24 guestrooms and 3 well-appointed meetings rooms equipped with complimentary WiFi making it the perfect host for FotoFilmic’s workshop & seminar retreats.
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