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In 1967, Danny Lyon, a young photographer from New York who had spent the beginning of his career documenting the civil-rights movement, was granted permission by the Texas Department of Corrections to photograph freely inside the state’s penitentiaries. He spent the next fourteen months among the inmates at six institutions, producing a raw and revealing portrait of prison life that was published, in 1971, in the volume “Conversations with the Dead.” Lyon wrote, in the book’s foreword, that he had tried “to make a picture of imprisonment as distressing as I knew it to be.”

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