Tuesday, April 29, 2008

This moment has been waiting for you

One of my favorite photographers is in Philadelphia this week. Duane Michaels has spent the past four decades redefining photography. Taking a page from Cartier-Bresson's The Decisive Moment, Michaels went far beyond the traditional studio shots, and dove into the world of his subjects' natural environment.

My favorite Michaels' works though are highly posed sequences. His photos (many of which are accompanied by Michaels' writing) explore surrealism, love, and the human condition. And he is celebrated by GLBTG community for his beautiful, unprecedented exploration and portrayal of homosexuality.

Michaels blew minds with photography long before Photoshop was even a trace of an idea. And he continues to create art that many modern photographers still struggle to attain even with the help of computers.

"Duane Michaels: The Facts of Life" is on display at the Sol Mednick Gallery at University of the Arts until May 5. Go. Be moved. Catch a glimpse into the world of Duane Michaels.

"It is no accident that you are reading this. I am making black marks on white paper. These marks are my thoughts, and although I do not know who you are reading this now, in some way the lines of our lives have intersected... For the length of these few sentences, we meet here.

It is no accident that you are reading this. This moment has been waiting for you, I have been waiting for you. Remember me." Duane Michaels

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