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The DUANE MICHALS Master Class: On Being YOU

**Workshop has filled. You may add your name to the wait list when you register.**

Orientation Sunday, May 5th, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Monday, May 6th – Wednesday, May 8th 9:00am – 4:00pm. Thursday, May 9th 9:00am – 11:00am

“The sequential images of American photographer Duane Michals address literary and philosophical ideas about death, gender, and sexuality.”

This class is a game-changer, a rare opportunity to spend three 1/2 days with one of our modern masters – a world-renowned signature style photographer who has had influenced generations of young artists. You will leave this class a changed person, as well as a changed photographer. Your vision will have evolved. Duane likes to call this a “show and tell” experience. He will discuss his work, his career and his process. Attendees will have the unique chance to show their work and get Duane’s powerful input. He will help you solidify your ideas and elucidate the road ahead. Attendees will make photographs, participate in group critiques and discussions. This will be an experience that will stay with you and inform you for years to come.

Duane was last at the Palm Springs Photo Festival in 2014. We still receive letters testifying to the long-reaching effects of having been a participant in this course.

Born in 1932,American photographer Duane Michals was born into a steelworker’s family in McKeesport, near Pittsburgh. He studied art at the University of Denver and the Parsons School of Design in New York and became an assistant art director for Dance Magazine. Self-taught as a photographer, he has worked commercially for many magazines, including Look, Mademoiselle, Esquire, and Vogue. Michals was strongly influenced by Magritte and other Surrealists early in his career and is considered one of the major innovators of the photographic art world. He has explored the use of photographic sequencing as a way of illustrating wide-ranging metaphysical questions such as existence and non-existence, death and rebirth, desire and rejection. He has also produced memorable erotic work. Most of his images have been shot in black-and-white using natural light, but he often creates settings and situations, manipulates exposure, combines multiple negatives, and paints on his images with colour. He was an early practitioner of writing on the photographic prints themselves and also often accompanies his photos with text panels. As a portraitist, he has photographed a considerable number of the well-known artists and actors of the 20th century, many of them his close friends. Continually working between appearance and reality, and understanding the power of the camera to act as a kind of referee on that playing field, Michals has said, somewhat whimsically, ‘I am a reflection photographing other reflections within a reflection. To photograph reality is to photograph nothing.’

Price: $1630

Photographers should bring their laptops and be conversant with their hardware and software in order to facilitate downloading and projecting their work for critiques in class. Digital projectors with standard DVI / VGA cables will be provided. If you require any special adapter for your computer for this purpose, please be sure to bring one to class. All Workshop Participants are invited to the Canon/Freestyle Digital Print Center at Korakia on Thursday, May 9th from 11:00am to 6:00pm to have an image of their choice printed out on a Canon Pro 2000 printer, using custom profiles and on their choice of several inkjet papers.


Duane Michals has no personal website.


Duane Michals He had no formal training but recognized his photographic aptitude when he took his first pictures as a tourist in the USSR in 1958. By 1960 he was earning his living through commercial work, including portraiture and fashion photography. In 1964, weary of the demands of photographing people, Michals responded to Eugene Atget’s pictures of depopulated Paris with his own views of empty New York shop interiors, which seemed to him like stage sets waiting to be animated. In 1966 he began to produce his famous sequences depicting enigmatic encounters in a static setting as if in the frames of a film (first published in Sequences, New York, 1970). These were inspired by the erotically charged domestic dramas painted by Balthus, whose canvas The Street (1933; New York, MOMA) served as the model for Michals’s first staged photograph. In order to accommodate the increasing elaboration of his narratives and often metaphysical themes, Michals began to write on the surfaces of such photographs in Real Dreams, published in 1977).

Selected Monographs (42 and counting)

Sequences. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1970.
The Journey of the Spirit After Death. New York: Winter House, 1971
Things Are Queer, Fotogalerie Wilde, 1972
Chance Meeting: Photographs. Köln: A. & J. Wilde, 1973
The Photographic Illusion, 1975
Take One and See Mt. Fujiyama, and Other Stories. Rochester, NY: distributed by Light Impressions, 1976
Real Dreams: photostories. Danbury, NH: Addison House, 1976
Vrais Reves. Histoires photographiques. Chene, 1977
Merveilles d’Egypt. Paris: Denoël-Filipacchi, 1978
Homage to Cavafy. Danbury, NH: Addison House, 1978
A Visit with Magritte. Providence, RI: Matrix, 1981
Chagements, Herscher, 1981
Duane Michals. London: Thames and Hudson, 1983
Duane Michals: Photographs, Sequences, Texts, 1958-1984. Oxford: Museum of Modern Art, 1984
Sleep and Dream. New York: Lustrum Press, 1984
Duane Duck: Photographs / Sequences / Texts, 1958-1984, Moma Oxford, 1984
Duane Michals. New York: Pantheon Books; Paris: Centre National de la Photographie, 1986
Album: The Portraits of Duane Michals, 1958-1988. Pasadena, CA: Twelvetrees Press, 1988
The Nature of Desire, Twelvetrees, 1988
Now Becoming Then. Altadena, CA: Twin Palms, 1990
Duane Michals; Retrospective 1958-1988, Olympus European, 1991
Eros & Thanatos. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms, 1992
Photography & Reality, 1992
Still Such. New York: W. Drenttel, 1992
Salute, Walt Whitman. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms, 1996
The Essential Duane Michals. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, 1997
Words and Images, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Parachute, 1998
Duane Michals; The Journey of the Spirit After Death, Hanonover Sprengel, 1998
Duane Michals, Photographe de l’invisible, Editions de la Martiniere, 1998
Questions Without Answers. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms, 2001
The House I Once Called Home: A Photographic Memoir With Verse. London: Enitharmon Editions, 2003
Pictures I Had to Take, London 2004
The Theatre of Real Life: Photo Stories in Duisburg, 2004
Foto Follies: How Photography Lost Its Virginity On the Way to the Bank. Göttingen: Steidl, 2006
The Adventures of Constantine Cavafy. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms, 2007
Duane Michals. London: Thames & Hudson, 2008
Photographs From the Floating World, 2010
The Painted Photograph. DC Moore, 2013
ABCDuane: A Duane Michals Primer 2014
The Storyteller, Carnegie Museum, 2014
Empty New York, 2018

More Reading about Duane Michals:

Article by Rosalind Smith, 2003
An Unofficial Celebration: Bomb Magazine: Duane Michals by David Seidner