Family with a Baby

Accession Number

Family with a Baby

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 portrait of a family standing outside in an alleyway. From left to right, a woman stands with her hands on her young daughter's shoulders, while a young boy, barely visible, peeks from behind her. Another young girl stands in the center next to her father, who holds an infant on his hip.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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alleys (streets)
children (people by age group)
families (kinship groups)

18 Related Resources

(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Childbearing, birth, midwifery, maternity
(Part of 8 Learning Collections)
(Part of 5 Learning Collections)
(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
(Part of 9 Learning Collections)
Mothers and Children
(Part of 10 Learning Collections)
Documentary Photography & Social Realism
(Part of 9 Learning Collections)
Jewish Photographers 
(Part of: Ethnicity and Race)
Danny Lyon
(Part of: Modern Jewish Photography F22 - Dash Moore)

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