Duane Michals: The StoryTeller

Exchange, by Duane Michals

Exchange, by Duane Michals

I just wrote a terrific text about the tremendously inspiring Duane Michals and how he collects collections to tell stories inside stories facing his own fears, comparing to Peter Greenaway and his collection of collectors of collections… when after posting the photos I pressed the schedule and preview… and it all disappeared. I lost all the text and links within.
So here you’ll have more photographs then text and to compensate I’m posting a video of Duane Michals talking about his own work. Nothing better than the artist itseld to play as a child with his own toys.

The Spirit Leaves the Body, by Duane Michals

The Spirit Leaves the Body, by Duane Michals

But while Peter Greenaway is a collector of collections of things and lusts and other earth human sins (see his Tulse Luper Suitcases sequence), Duane Michals is a collector of emotions and fears that he use to play with, facing them with joy. A storyteller using photo sequences, that are not contact sheets – like the ones I wrote about in the previous post about Diane Arbus, nor stills from movies.

Each one of Duane’s photos is a story itslef, but he needed to be sure that you (or him…) got it all, so he presented them all to create a full story. I created myself some photo-sequences that can be seen each one as photo but the whole creates the full story, like the “Moi, le Beau et la Bête” inspired in Jean Cocteau art movie “La Belle et la Bête”.

Here I leave you a video with Duane Michals, The Man Who Invented Himself:

While searching for some photo sequences by Duane Michals I found a link where you can see more of them.
And here you have more of his works at the Fahey Klein Gallery.

text by ©Gonzalo Bénard for 2HeadS
Jan, 2013
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