Lot 14: Duane Michals


Something From Nothing
1979
Silver gelatin print with hand-applied text
8 x 10 inches
Edition 1/25
Signed recto ink
Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, New York
Fair Market Value
$4,500-$6,500

BIO: 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.


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