The Essential Duane Michals. Photographs by Duane Michals. Text by Marco Livingstone. Signed on title page. First North American edition. Squarish quarto. Hardbound with pictorial dust jacket. 234 duotone, 30 color plates. Boston, Bulfinch, 1997. 224 pp.
Duane Michals: Album: The Portraits of Duane Michals 1958-1988. Photographs and text by Duane Michals. Signed on Frontispiece. Second edition limited to 5000 copies. Tall Quarto. Hardbound gray cloth with embossed title. Twelvetree Press, Pasadena, CA, 1988. 160 pp.
The Essential Duane Michals: Through sequences, writing, and almost every imaginable manipulation of the photographic medium, Duane Michals has spent forty years creating images of the felt world. Spirituality, dreams, and desire are conjured as clearly as the lens can record an image. This finely printed retrospective, the only currently available, is worthy of its title.
Duane Michals on Album: "This book is my album of the faces of the people I have encountered along the way in the last thirty years, somehow held in the suspension of time, like particles in the air made visible by sunlight. I do not claim to have captured anything or revealed anything about them. I knew my mother and father my entire life, and not once did they ever reveal themselves to me. Whom have you revealed yourself to? What is seen here is just what is seen. It is the record of the moments I have shared with them at the point of intersection of our lives, now gently fading, already lost."
The Essential Duane Michals: Very fine, clean copy. Light shelf wear and rubbing to dust jacket.
Album: Some wear and yellowing around edges of dust jacket. Book itself is Very Fine.