Danny Lyon: New Mexico and Mexico Road Trip – 1970s

'To be in some river bottom somewhere, or in a desert, or in mountains, or in some hut in Mexico... and rest and be kind, and do nothing else...' - Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

Danny Lyon photographed the Jaramillo and Sanchez families in Bernalillo, New Mexico in the early 1970s. Most of the pictures in Mexico were made during the 1973 road trip with the later writer Harris Dulany.

 

Danny LyonJohnnie Sanchez as a Boy, Bernalillo, NM., 1973

Johnnie Sanchez as a Boy, Bernalillo, NM., 1973

 

Cerro Bar, New Mexico 1971

Cerro Bar, New Mexico 1971

Danny Lyon photographed the Civil Rights Movement, the Chicago Outlaws motorcycle club (preceding the film Easy Rider); examined the Texas prison system, visiting and photographing five maximum-security facilities, and experimented with film-making all before he turned 30. These photographs are part of the exhibition Danny Lyon: Photographs of The American Southwest and Mexico at the Etherton Gallery.

 

 

Four Matachines, Tamazunchale, Mexico 1973

Four Matachines, Tamazunchale, Mexico 1973

Matachine, Tamazunchale, Mexico 1973

Matachine, Tamazunchale, Mexico 1973

Adobe ruin, New Mexico 1972

Adobe ruin, New Mexico 1972

Gallup New Mexico, 1970

Gallup New Mexico, 1970

Llanito, New Mexico 1970

Llanito, New Mexico 1970

Danny Lyon Biddie Costillo, De Horning a Calf, Llanito, New Mexico, 1975

Biddie Costillo, De Horning a Calf, Llanito, New Mexico, 1975

Danny Lyon Navajo Pool Room, Gallup, New Mexico, 1973

Navajo Pool Room, Gallup, New Mexico, 1973

Danny Lyon New Mexico, August, 1979

New Mexico, August, 1979

Danny Lyon San Ysidro, New Mexico, 1971

San Ysidro, New Mexico, 1971

Johnnie Sanchez as a Boy, Bernalillo, NM., 1973

Johnnie Sanchez as a Boy, Bernalillo, NM., 1973

Bernalillo, NM 1975

Bernalillo, NM 1975

Bernalillo, NM 1971

Bernalillo, NM 1971

Police station, Tamazunchale, Mexico 1973

Police station, Tamazunchale, Mexico 1973

Hotel St Regis, Mexico 1973

Hotel St Regis, Mexico 1973

Danny Lyon A Mexican Worker at Ezequel's House, Bernalillo, NM, 1973

A Mexican Worker at Ezequel’s House, Bernalillo, NM, 1973

Danny Lyon Guadalajara, Mexico, 1977

Guadalajara, Mexico, 1977

Danny Lyon La Paz, Mexico, 1971

La Paz, Mexico, 1971

Danny Lyon Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, 1978

Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, 1978

Danny Lyon Bernalillo, NM, 1971

Bernalillo, NM, 1971

Danny Lyon Eddie, Llanito, NM, 1972

Danny Lyon Eddie, Llanito, NM, 1973

Eddie, Llanito, NM, 1973

Mexico 1973

Mexico 1973

All images copyright Danny Lyon via Etherton Gallery.