Back in 1966, Brooklyn-based photographer Danny Lyon took a series of photos that were destined to be timeless.
When you look at the vivid color in these photos, it’s hard to believe that they were taken 48 years ago.
You probably know Brooklyn-born Lyon from other projects—as one of the most influential photographers of the 1960s and 70s, he embedded himself in cultures and movements to capture candid, revealing images of everything from the motorcycle gangs of the 1960s Midwest to the rapidly changing face of lower Manhattan, where in the 1960s, Lyon created some of the few remaining photos of what the city looked like before it was largely demolished to make way for the lower Manhattan we know today, publishing his images in a book called The Destruction of Lower Manhattan.
At an exhibit from the MTA starting this month, we’re reminded of some great advice given to Lyon by his mother:
“If you’re bored, just talk to someone on the subway.”
The following images have never before been seen in a public exhibit: