All photos © Danny Lyon/Magnum Photos. Above: Gleaning Coal from the Trains, West of Datong
Danny Lyon’s series “Deep Sea Diver” was shot during his recent travels in the coal country of Shanxi Province of Northeast China. Like his classic Bikeriders—photographed over a two-year period he spent with the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club—and Conversations with the Dead, his exploration of Texas prisons, “Deep Sea Diver” is part travel album and part diary, a photojournalistic personal narrative about aging and history. “The landscape looks as if it has survived a bomb blast,” writes the 70-year old artist in his accompanying text. “There are times when I wonder if I am making a record of the past, or if I’ve come to see the future.” “Deep Sea Diver” is on view at Churner and Churner in New York City from October 18 – December 1, 2012.