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Duane Michals
on the Lies of Photography
Artist Interview with Duane Michals

On February 26, 2016, Skidmore students Marion Cox ’16 and Kaitlyn Spina ’17 interviewed photographer Duane Michals about his work from the Tang collection in the exhibition Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection.

The conversation was part of a series of interviews with artists in Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection, conducted by Skidmore students in the Art History course “The Artist Interview,” led by Dayton Director Ian Berry. The series was supported by The Alfred Z. Solomon Residency Fund.

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About Duane Michals
Duane Michals is one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, whose innovations with image and text, multiple exposures, and working in series, have had a lasting impact on the field of photography. Michals’s use of text is a key component in much of his work; his handwritten texts add a layer of narrative content and reveal Michals’s often bittersweet sensibility. His work has been exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad and is collected in major museums around the globe including the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others.

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Michals, Duane. “Duane Michals on the Lies of Photography.” Interview by Marion Cox and Kaitlyn Spina. 2016. Tang Teaching Museum collections website. Last modified February 9, 2022.
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