Duane Michals

24.04.2013 in10:11 in Creative,photoart -->


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Duane Michals was born in 1932 in Mckeesport, Pennsylvania into a typical working-class environment: his father was a steel worker and his mother a housekeeper. His interest in art began at age 14, when he began taking Saturday-aftemoon watercolor classes at the Camegie Institute in Pittsburgh. He received a B.A. from the University of Denver in 1953, and though he made a decision not to pursue a fine-arts career at that time, he developed a keen interest in tho work of other artists — particularly surrealist masters such as Magritte, de Chirico and Balthus. In 1956 he attended the Parsons School of Design in New York with thoughts of becoming a graphic designer. After just a year, however, he left and took various jobs in publishing — including working as an assistant art director for Dance magazine and as a designer in the publicity department at Time Inc. It was during a three-week visit to Russia in 1958 that Mchals first experienced his love of photography. Using a borrowed camera, he recorded a series of plain, yet elegant portraits of the people he encountered during his travels –images that would lead to his first public exhibition(Livingstone,17).

“I think photographs should be provocative and not tell you what you already know. It takes no great powers or magic to reproduce somebody’s face in a photograph. The magic is in seeing people in new ways”

“Trust that little voice in your head that says ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if… And then do it.”