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After 9/11
Lyons, Nathan.
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New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, [2003]

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173 pages : illustrations ; 22 x 24 cm
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TR654 .L93 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In response to the tragic events of September 11, photographer Nathan Lyons--known for his honest and often questioning depictions of American culture--has created a poignant portfolio of images. Photographing in small towns and large cities, Lyons has captured the extreme and often confusing variety of responses--from deep reverence to blatant commercialization--manifested by ordinary Americans. One will marvel, for instance, at the myriad uses of the American flag.

This provocative sequence of images with multiple messages is powerfully coherent and strangely disturbing. In the tradition of Robert Frank's The Americans, these photographs will engage audiences to question the responses to this horrific event in the context of our complicated society, along with memorializing the tragic loss of so many innocent lives.

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Nathan Myron Lyons was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York on January 10, 1930. In 1950, he enlisted in the Air Force as a photographer and served in a photo intelligence unit in Korea, where he helped establish a mobile photographic reconnaissance unit. On returning to the United States, he worked as a photographer and news writer at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, Georgia. After leaving the Air Force in 1954, he received a degree in English from Alfred University in 1957.

He was a photographer, curator, teacher, writer, and editor. In 1957, he was hired by the George Eastman House as director of public information and the assistant editor of Image magazine. He was named assistant director in 1960 and associate director in 1965. After leaving the Eastman House in 1969, he created the Visual Studies Workshop, which offered graduate classes in the theory, history and practice of photography to photographers, teachers, and curators. He directed it for more than 30 years.

His work was exhibited in galleries and major museums including MoMA. He was the editor of Photographers on Photography: A Critical Anthology. He published several photo collections including Notations in Passing, Riding 1st Class on the Titanic, and After 9/11. He died from complications of pneumonia on August 31, 2016 at the age of 86.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Founder of the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, N.Y., Lyons (Notations in Passing) began photographing improvised signage (along with advertising) around the U.S. following September 11. The 150 duotones presented here give insight into public discourse around the events, from improvised memorial walls and patriotic bumper stickers to store window displays prominently featuring flags and antiwar wheat-pasted fliers. There are no people in sight. Yale art school dean Benson comments on the "parade of flags" while Reynolds gives a synopsis of Lyons's career. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved