Sheltering in Place: Duane Michals Was Ahead of His Time
Navel gazing can get a little old, so, in the coming weeks (months?), as we find ourselves counting the hours till lunchtime on the sofa, we look for productive and creative ways to spend our days. In hopes of inspiring each other, we’ll be sharing some projects by photographers who have used the medium to explore the crevices and vistas of their home or neighborhood.
In more ways than one, Duane Michals has always been ahead of his time. In the 1960s, an era heavily influenced by photojournalism, Michals began manipulating the medium to communicate narratives. These sequences, for which he is widely known, appropriate cinema's frame-by-frame format. Michals also began incorporating poetic, humorous handwritten musings into his work at a time when text that accompanied photography mainly served a didactic or explanatory function. As we've begun to see photographers document their empty cities, especially New York, we remembered that Duane Michals already did that too, before it was even empty!
See more from our Sheltering in Place series here.