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Nathan Lyons (January 10, 1930 – August 31, 2016) was an American photographer, curator, and educator. He exhibited his photographs from 1956 onwards, produced books of his own and edited those of others. Lyons was also a curator of photography and an associate director at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York and, in 1969, founded the independent Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, which established a course of study relating to the history and practice of the photographic art form and curatorial studies specifically pertaining to the medium of photography. He started the Society for Photographic Education, becoming its first chairman. He was involved with various magazines, being assistant editor of Image, regional editor of Aperture, and founder of Afterimage. In 2000 Lyons received the International Center of Photography's Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement in photography. He died on 31 August 2016, aged 86.
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Lyons was a photographer, curator, editor, and advocate of photography. His own work focused on the American vernacular landscape. He exhibited in galleries and museums including MoMA in New York. In the 1960s he acted as director and curator at the George Eastman House in Rochester.
Artist, Curator, Photographer, Theorist
Nathan Lyons, Nathan Myron Lyons
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  • Photography at MoMA: 1920 to 1960 Hardcover, 416 pages
  • Abstract Expressionism at The Museum of Modern Art Exhibition catalogue, Hardcover, 128 pages

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