“When you look at my photographs you are looking into my mind”. These words of DUANE MICHALS hold the key to understanding his work and his philosophy on life.
Michals is one of the most prestigious names in North American avant-garde photography. Born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, in 1932, he continues creating to this day, at 85 years old, inventing forms and using new resources to communicate his feelings in the most precise way possible.
This original artist maintains that he was lucky never to have studied photography, as this enabled him to distance himself from the self-imposed norms of traditional photography. He is currently recognized as one of the artists who has done most to thoroughly renew the language of photography over recent decades.
Michals believes that the limitations of an individual image are insufficient to express its inner being. To overcome these limits he employs series, sequences through which he constructs a story, including handwritten texts on the developed copies.
An artist that hovers between photography, painting, theater and writing, Michals seeks to photograph, precisely, what cannot be seen.