Unearth your story with Duane Michals.

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Each one of us is a story.  I will introduce you to your own story.  Hopefully you will become uncomfortable in your comfort zone.” – Duane Michals

This is a very special workshop. There will be a review and critique of portfolios, discussions of artistic approaches, and the possibilities of the medium – outside the confines of traditional photography. Mr. Michals will show an extensive body of his own work, and share his experiences as one of today’s leading photographers, a career that spans nearly sixty years. Mr. Michals will review each participant’s portfolio, providing insight into possible directions to pursue, approaches and ideas that might set the photographer on a new course of artistic exploration. There are shared meals, group critiques and a free exchange of ideas. Mr. Michals will challenge your perceptions of what photography can be as he raises your aesthetic, inspires your heart and helps stimulate artistic growth. There are no assignments or field work this week, though there will be discussions of other artists and media that can inspire and influence us as photographers. Bring a selection of no more than ten prints (color or B&W) for review. Five successes and five failures. Prints are preferable over digital files.


Instructor: Duane Michals

Duane Michals (b. 1932, McKeesport, PA) is one of the great photographic innovators of the last century, widely known for his work with series, multiple exposures, and text. Michals first made significant, creative strides in the field of photography during the 1960s. In an era heavily influenced by photojournalism, Michals manipulated the medium to communicate narratives. The sequences, for which he is widely known, appropriate cinema’s frame-by-frame format. Michals has also incorporated text as a key component in his works. Rather than serving a didactic or explanatory function, his handwritten text adds another dimension to the images’ meaning and gives voice to Michals’ singular musings, which are poetic, tragic, and humorous, often all at once.