Duane Michals merges writing and photography into highly distinct and original bodies of work. Fed by literature, poetry, philosophy, film and art history, Michals moves between a melancholic gravity and a fanciful humor. Born in Pennsylvania in 1932, Michals settled in New York in the late 1950s. With no formal training, he recognized his artistic aptitude while touring the U.S.S.R. in 1958. By 1960 he was earning his living through commercial fashion and portraiture photography. His first exhibition was held at the Underground Gallery in 1963; and in 1970, his works were presented at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He continues to exhibit in museums and galleries across the United States and Europe..
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