Album. The Portraits of Duane Michals, 1958 - 1988. Edited by Duane Michals and Jack Woody. Twelvetrees Press, Pasadena, California, 1988. Unpaged. Small folio. Edition of 5000 copies. SIGNED on title page, 'Yes!/NYC/Duane Michals/'2.1.89' Clothbound in photo-illustrated dustjacket. Sheet-fed gravure reproductions.
An outstanding collection of portraits, which Michals introduces with introspection: "As I age, while I still have time, I yearn to know now, more than ever, my true self, that random and illusive thing, decorated with personality. We believe ourselves to be this kaliedescope of passions and distractions. We are a brilliant and unknown moment, suspended beteen memory and anticipation, anxious in our uncertainties, and doomed to fade with our consciousness. How can such a mystery be photographed? What is left for us but amazement?" Having set this impossible challenge for himself, Michals then presents masterful likenesses of himself, his friends and acquaintances, and many celebrated people (including Robert Rauschenberg, William Klein, Joseph Cornell, Bill Brandt, Edward Gorey, Arthur Tress, Jeremy Irons, Danny Kaye, Sting, Henry Fonda, Bette Midler, and others). Printed in gravure in Tokyo.
Fine- in Fine- dust jacket; trace of fading; jacket lightly rubbed.