Many years ago, I saw Duane Michals speak at Miami-Dade College. He was so inspirit and enlightening that he truly left a lasting impression on me. He’s definitely the type of artist whose work I visit from time to time to reenergize or ignite inspiration.
He is completely self-taught and started his career late in life (well…pushing 30). The way he talks about it…is he took a leap of faith and became a photographer after a life changing trip to Russia.
Trust that little voice in your head that says ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if…’; And then do it. - Duane Michals
His work tends to use text and and photo-sequences to create short expressive narratives. He also seems to examine his personal emotions and philosophy and draws from his own life as subject material for his work. When I met him, we chatted briefly, he signed my book and said: “Please, call me uncle Duane.”
Today, he reappeared in my mind…
Classic Pee-Wee Herman appearances on various shows in the 80s