Heralded as a “masterpiece” by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger in The Photobook: A History Volume II. Revolutionary in the 1970s, Lyon’s record of life inside the Texas prison system was one of the first photobooks to include ephemera and has been out of print for over 40 years. Conversations with the Dead provides an extraordinary photographic record of life inside six Texas prisons and the relationships Lyon built with the inmates. This new edition has been updated with an afterward by Lyon himself detailing what happened to the inmates in the 40 years since the book was first published.
"Conversations with the Dead is the purest expression of Lyon's human spirit." —Collector Daily
"The idea of conscience has been imbedded more deeply in Mr. Lyon's photographs than in those of all but a few of his contemporaries." —The New York Times
- Publisher: Phaidon Press
- Authors: Introduction by Billy McCune