Duane Michals

20th January 2015 | Alice Taylor

Duane Michals is an American photographer who’s work is largely based around photo-sequences, often incorporating text to examine emotion and philosophy.

From Wikipedia: Though he has not been involved in gay civil rights, his photography has addressed gay themes. In discussing his notion of the artist’s relationship to politics and power however, Michals feels ultimately that aspirations are useless:

“I feel the political aspirations are impotent. They can never be seen. If they are, it will only be by a limited audience. If one is to act politically, one simply puts down the camera and goes out and does something. I think of someone like Hartfeld who ridiculed the Nazis. Who very creatively took great stands. He could have been killed at any moment, he was Jewish, and my God what the guy did. It was extraordinary. You don’t see that now.”

He is noted for two innovations in artistic photography developed in the 1960s and 1970s. First, he “[told] a story through a series of photos” as in his 1970 book Sequences. Second, he handwrote text near his photographs, thereby giving information that the image itself could not convey.

Image 1: Person to Person, 1974

Image 2: The Most Beautiful Part of a Man’s Body, 1986

Image 3: The Most Beautiful Part of a Woman’s Body, 1986

Image 4: A Woman Dreaming in the City, 1968

Image 5: The Young Girl’s Dream, 1969

Image 6: The Fallen Angel, 1968

Image 7: Nude Observed, 1968

Image 8: Untitled 1968

Image 9: Unknown

Via: Tumblr, Tumblr, Fahey Klein Gallery, Say It With Silence