DUANE MICHALS: PORTRAITS
In conversation with Chris Lyon
(Thames & Hudson, 2017)
DUANE MICHALS: PORTRAITS presents for the first time a comprehensive look at more than a half century of portrait photos by one of our era’s most influential artists. Michals, long recognized for his innovative photo sequences, is also a sought-after editorial photographer for major periodicals. With inventive, improvisational flair, he has documented outstanding creative personalities of our era in portraits that constitute a major and underappreciated side of his creative legacy.
Accompanied by his inimitable, sometimes hilarious, observations and reminiscences, the subjects of the portraits, most not previously seen in book form, include such performers as Barbra Streisand, Tilda Swinton, Johnny Cash, and Meryl Streep; contemporary artists including Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Alice Neel, and Jasper Johns; outstanding authors like Norman Mailer, Maya Angelou, and Philip Roth; “old masters” of modern art including René Magritte and Balthus; and Michals’s probing self-portraits and “imaginary portraits” made by painting on vintage photographs.
Duane Michals is an American photographer. He has worked as a freelance photographer for magazines including Vogue, Esquire, Mademoiselle, and Life, doing fashion photography and portraits. In recent years, he has had solo exhibitions at the International Center of Photography, New York (2005), the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2014), and the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts (2015). Michals’s many books include Homage to Cavafy: Ten Poems by Constantine Cavafy/Ten Photographs by Duane Michals (1978), Eros & Thanatos (1992), and ABC Duane (2014). Michals was made an Officier in France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1993, and he was honored with the International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Art in 1989, and the Foto España International Award in 2001. He lives and works in New York City.