Duane Michals: Photography and Reality Retrospective 1958-1990

  February –
March 1993

Image by Duane Michals from the exhibition of his work at the Gallery of Photography

We are delighted to bring to Ireland the work of world-renowned American photographer Duane Michals.

Michals, convinced that photography cannot represent reality, dwells on the invisible: dream, loss, death, myth, spirit. Most urgently, he has sought to undermine accepted complacencies, to pose, if not necessarily to answer, questions about the nature of reality, photography and art. He strains against both the conventions and limitations of the medium. Chaffing at photography’s restrictions, Michals began making multiple exposure portraits and single images and sequences that tell peculiar little stories.

Image by Duane Michals from the exhibition at the Gallery of Photography

Image by Duane Michals from the exhibition at the Gallery of Photography

A kind of relentless ordinariness clings to Michal’s photographs. They are simply composed in unexceptional domestic settings or bare interiors. Into this commonplace, the extraordinary steps unannounced, as myth, guilt and philosophical conundrum take awkward and compelling shape on photographic paper.

About the artist: Duane Michals was born in Pennsylvania. In 1958 he began working as a freelance photographer for a number of major magazines to include VOGUE, ESQUIRE and THE NEW YORK TIMES. He has had over 100 one-man shows in the US, Europe, Japan and South America and over 20 books of his work have been published.