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Duane Michals

Duane Michals Lives and works in New York, USA. He was born in 1932 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.

He studied and worked as a graphic designer and did not become a photographer until the late 1950s. The Museum of Modern Art featured Michals in a solo exhibition in 1970. His photographs are often based on literature and a sequential narration not unlike the picture-boards used in film-making. He adds captions, but instead of building them on the subjects of the pictures, the hand-written lines are often contradictory statements. Double exposure and shadows suggest the presence of something outside the picture frame. Michal’s pictorial narratives reflect on existential themes such as death, sexuality and dreams.

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