Duane Michals
American, born 1932
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
When We Were Young,
Joshua Liner Gallery
Duane Michals / Arthur Tress / Juliette Bates : Fictions,
Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
Duane Michals: Empty New York,
DC Moore Gallery

Duane Michals first garnered critical attention (both appreciative and caustic) for his unorthodox photographic practice in the 1960s and ’70s—a time when photojournalism was a dominating influence on the medium. In fact, the photographer David Seidner once wrote that “’Photographer’ is not exactly an apt title for [Michals]; ‘poet’ would be better suited.” Michals, who believed photographs presented fictions, staged narratives across a sequence of photographs, much like film stills, and presented photographs in conjunction with text. He also employed collage and used multiple exposures in creating his compositions, inspired in part by literature, poetry, philosophy, and artists like René Magritte, Robert Rauschenberg, and Joseph Cornell. Michals was also a commercial photographer for magazines Mademoiselle, Esquire, and Vogue.

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