Saturday, June 05, 2004

Duane Michals

Back in my early 20s in Tehran, I was a fan of Duane Michals, an American photographer who was active in the late '60s and '70s. I copied many of his photographs from the books one of my friends had brought to Iran. He was lucky enough to take a course with Duane Michals at San Francisco Art Institute in the late '70, and had a lot to say about the way he works and the way he sees things.


I still like Duane Michals' works. He uses photography not for documenting the reality, but for visualizing the concepts and ideas that he is obsessed with. Recently I searched for him on the net and found a few link to his works. See some of them here.
"How foolish of me to believe that it would be that easy. I had confused the appearances of trees and automobiles and people with reality itself, and believed that a photograph of these appearances to be a photograph of it. It is a melancholy truth that I will never be able to photograph it and can only fail. I am a reflection photographing other reflections within a reflection. To photograph reality is to photograph nothing."
-- Duane Michals


More links to his works:
1. One of my favourite 'sequences' by him.
2. photoinsider
3. The Essential Duane Michals

1 comment:

  1. I really love his work too - thanks for those links. I'm a photographer who is trying to recapture some originality and creativity in my work, trying to create something with deeper meaning. Duane Michals is an old favourite who is now again providing me with exactly the inspiration I need.