After 9/11: Photographs by Nathan Lyons

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

Author Biography: Nathan Lyons is founder of the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. His previous photography books include Notations in Passing and Riding 1st Class on the Titanic! He is the recipient of the International Center of Photography's Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement in Photography.

Distributed for the Yale University Art Gallery

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Publishers Weekly
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.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300101829
  • Publisher: Yale University Art Gallery
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.36 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2003

    A Unique Photographic Book

    This is a beautifully designed book of photographs that reflect the many different ways people have expressed their sorrow of the 9/11 tragedy and their pride as Americans. The photographs are presented in pairs and carefully sequenced. Dr. Lyons provides no captions or comments on the photographs. They speak for themselves if we take time to listen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2003

    A Photographic Memorial

    After 9/11 is a beautifully designed book containing 157 carefully selected and sequenced black-and-white photographs. The photographs are not of the tragedy itself but rather a sampling of how we, as a nation, expressed our sorrow and our pride. None of the photographs have captions and there are no words except for those that appear in some of the photographs containing posters and signs. The viewer is invited to create his or her own meaning. This takes looking at and thoughtful time, providing a vehicle for reflective meditation. Dr. Lyons plays the role of a visual historian with his camera and photographs. After 9/11 is more than a book of photographs. It is a memorial to all of the innocent people who lost their lives and to those who gave their lives in rescue attempts. It is a memorial that can be shared with friends and family and passed on to future generations. Richard D. Zakia Professor Emeritus Rochester Institute of Technology

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