Three Young Men

Accession Number

Three Young Men

Danny Lyon

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1965; printed 2010

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

14 in x 11 in (35.56 cm x 27.94 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80

Subject matter
The Uptown, Chicago series was taken in 1965, shortly before The Bikeriders. Lyon chose a single street, Clifton Street, and photographed recent migrants from Appalachia. Lyon commented that most license plates on the streets were from Kentucky and Tennessee, and the area was referred to as “hillbilly heaven.” Wishing to draw awareness to subjects that were rarely seen, he gave people in the neighborhood dollars to pose for pictures. After photographing, he often returned to give his subjects small prints, usually Rolleiflex contact prints.

Physical Description
A photograph of three young men standing in front of an outdoor, concrete wall. The man on the left wears a white T-shirt, the man in the middle a button-down, and the man on the right, an unbuttoned shirt, holding a cigarette in his right hand.

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Collection Area

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exterior walls
group portraits
men (male humans)
shirts (main garments)
smoking (activity)

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