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Now

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Atlanta (published)

  • Date:

    1963 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lyon, Danny, born 1942 (photographer)
    Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Offset lithgraph

  • Museum number:

    E.2740-1995

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 77, box B

Danny Lyon was only twenty years of age when he began campaigning on behalf of the American Civil Rights Movement. He took several photographs between 1962 and 1964 that were used for campaign posters across the United States. After a number of years of heightened protest, the single word Now had come to be a powerful demand for civil rights in America in the early 1960s.

Physical description

Portrait format poster printed in monochrome from photographic image of group of black people, principally, to foreground, two young men, facing camera, the one on the right has a raised arm reaching up to the lettering NOW in top right corner of image. Below the image lettering STUDENT NON VIOLENT COORDINATING COMMITTEE etc.

Place of Origin

Atlanta (published)

Date

1963 (published)

Artist/maker

Lyon, Danny, born 1942 (photographer)
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Offset lithgraph

Marks and inscriptions

Danny Lyon Lincoln Lithograph Company
Makers's mark; lower margin; lithography

Dimensions

Height: 561 mm sheet, Width: 356 mm sheet

Descriptive line

'Now', poster produced for the Student Nonviolent Cordinating Commitee, photograph by Danny Lyon; Atlanta, 1963

Labels and date

The single word ‘Now’ conveys the urgency of the American civil rights movement. Here it is combined with Danny Lyon’s image of the 1963 March on Washington, where Martin Luther King gave his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. The intimate portrait of these two peaceful protestors provides a powerful image of black youth and their struggle for equality.

A World to Win, galleries 88a and 90 (1 May to 2nd Nov 2014) [01/05/2014]

Production Note

Attribution note: This was one of a number of posters produced by Danny Lyon for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee between 1962 and 1964
Reason For Production: Private

Materials

Lithographic ink

Techniques

Offset lithography

Subjects depicted

Racism; Politics; Civil Rights; Propaganda

Categories

Propaganda; Prints; Black History; Posters

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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