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Danny Lyon’s best photograph: two boys and a puppy in Knoxville

‘It’s an emotional picture. The dog looks hurt, the kid looks hurt and the car won’t start’ THE GUARDIAN Interview by Edward Siddons I travelled to Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1967 to visit the home of the late novelist and critic James Agee. Nobody, until maybe Susan Sontag, understood photography better than him. I went to the block where he grew up and found his house has been demolished and replaced by a condominium, an extraordinarily ugly, two-storey brick building with a wrought iron entrance. It was a horror of architecture. I spotted these two boys at the end of the street and...

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