Self-Portraits, a Shaman and Cotton Fields

Well, not quite dead, but might as well be. The subjects of Danny Lyon’s project from 1967-68 are convicts in prisons of the Texas Department of Corrections. Houk is showing 33 of the vintage prints Mr. Lyon (b. 1942) used for his 1971 book, “Conversations With the Dead.” They tend to alternate between intimate portraits that show the prisoners—men and women—as individuals, and pictures that show them in their all-white prison uniforms being treated en masse.

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