Monday, September 19, 2011

Life and Death by Duane Michals

Presented by Florida Museum of Photographic Arts at Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

September 8-November 6, 2011

Michals (American, born 1932) has an established reputation. His photography is collected by major art museums in the United States and Europe. He has received honors from the French government, from British admirers and from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In spite of these honors and wide recognition, Michals remains a renegade voice. Turning away from conventional photographic etiquette, he has pioneered his own from of sequential photography in which a series a staged photos makes up a story board of sorts – as in “The Bogeyman,” a portion of which is seen on the opposite page. Also, he has defied convention with his handwritten commentary that often is an integral part of his final product.

Michals’ themes center on time and on life’s fleeting moments. Although he is a member of the gay community, he dwells on chance encounters that may alter an person’s life. He wonders about subjects like the small place we humans occupy in a vast universe. And he considers questions of mortality.

Because Michals is also an accomplished commercial and portrait photographer, the exhibition will include his photographic portraits of such celebrities as (possibly) Robert Duval, Tennessee Williams and Andy Warhol.

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