Isia, Slex, Carlos, Eddie, and Eliot with Memorials

Accession Number

Isia, Slex, Carlos, Eddie, and Eliot with Memorials

Danny Lyon

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1992; printed 2010

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

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

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

Subject matter
In Let Them Kill Themselves, Lyon documented urban life in Bushwick, Brooklyn. He first met a group of boys on the J Train. Intrigued by them, he followed them, asking to take their photographs. He returned a few days later to give them copies of the images, and learned that five of the seven boys had been shot. As he photographed, he heard many similar stories. In this photograph, the group of boys stand in front of one of many similar memorials, which contain graffiti and names of people who have died.

Physical Description
A photograph of a group of five young men in front of a door and brick wall, which are covered in graffiti. Two men stand on the left, one puts on sunglasses and crouches toward the other two, one sitting and one standing, on the right.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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exterior walls
groups of people
memorials (monuments)
men (male humans)

29 Related Resources

Borders of Identity in North America
(Part of 14 Learning Collections)
Oppositional Photography, Outsider Photography
(Part of 9 Learning Collections)
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(Part of 9 Learning Collections)
Male Sociality and Leisure
(Part of: Masculinities)
Intimacy, Care, and Desire
(Part of: Masculinities)
Jewish Photographers 
(Part of: Ethnicity and Race)
Danny Lyon
(Part of: Modern Jewish Photography F22 - Dash Moore)

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