January 13th, 2014

Danny Lyon Criticizes Media; Says How He Would Edit National Geographic Magazine

Photojournalist Danny Lyon delivered a sharp critique of the media, explained the main goal of his career, and reminisced about his work on the civil rights movement, motorcycle gangs and Texas prisoners at a rare public appearance last week.

Lyon was the headliner at the 2014 National Geographic Photography Seminar, a day-long event held January 9 before a standing-room-only crowd at the National Geographic offices in Washington, DC.

“I took it for granted that all the magazines lied, and since I chose the media as my field I was determined to create an American media that was truthful,” Lyon said during his talk.

He also imagined himself as editor of National Geographic, and suggested story ideas that would probably rile the magazine’s audience (read on for details).

In addition to Lyon, photographers Tyler Hicks, Wayne Lawrence, David Maisel, Newsha Tavakolian, and Vince Musi lectured about their careers and past projects. Media artist Hasan Elahi also gave a talk about his surveillance project.

Following is an edited transcript of Lyon’s talk.


July 13th, 2010

Robert Clark And Wayne Lawrence Join Institute

Institute for Artist Management, the management and production company founded last year by former VII Photo managing director Frank Evers, announced the addition of Robert Clark and Wayne Lawrence to their roster this morning.

Clark is a New York-based editorial and commercial photographer who has a long-standing relationship with National Geographic and other magazines. His accolades include a 2005 National Magazine award.

Lawrence, a documentary photographer who resides in Brooklyn, New York, has shown his work in museums and art institutions such as The African American Museum of Philadelphia and the Open Society Institute. His work has been featured in publications such as COLORS, Mother Jones, Newsweek and VIBE.