Questions Without Answers. Photographs and text by Duane Michals. Twin Palms Publishers, Santa Fe, 2001. 96 pp., Tall quarto. First edition. SIGNED on half-title page. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 65 sheet fed gravure reproductions.
Fine+/Fine-; jacket lightly rubbed.
"In my sixtieth year I have become the lucid dreamer, who has awakened in his sleep of life and knows that he is dreaming. I am a phantom in a phantom land- scape. I assume nothing, and find the familiar to be a curiosity. The inherited bedrock of definitions which described reality for me is now porous and insubstantial. Has it been sand all along and I failed to notice? As my consciousness spirals to its predestined disappearance, age has forced me to pay attention. Now I begin to see the silhouette of the mystery. I think about thinking and am beyond the comfort of conformity. 1 must ask questions that I never thought to ask before. The most profound questions seem to be transparent in their ordinariness and deceptive in their significance. A child would understand. I know that this modest enquiry must fail. But what else am I to do?"
Salute, Walt Whitman. Photographs by Duane Michals. Twin Palms, Santa Fe, 1996. 96 pp. Quarto. First edition. SIGNED on half-title page. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 68 sheet fed gravure reproductions.
Fine+/Fine-; faint smudge on front of jacket;
Salute, Walt Whitman is both an extension and a summation of Duane Michals's decades-long exploration of desire and an acknowledgment of the lifelong comfort, inspiration, and extraordinary vision he's found in the writings of his spiritual mentor and companion, Walt Whitman. Suffering retrospectives and the accumulated critical accolades and dismissals that a long, illustrious career brings, Michals finds an open meadow in the ageless words of Whitman. In this book a litany of images unfolds, evoking the sensuality and rapturous longing that was part of this singular American poet's great contribution.
The Nature of Desire. Photographs and poetry by Duane Michals. TwelveTrees Press, 1986. 96 pp. Tall quarto. First edition. SIGNED on half-title page. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 45 sheet-fed gravure reproductions.
In this beautifully produced volume Michals' poetry is given weight equal to his photography. Michals himself writes, "I began to write poetry because of my frustration with the inherent limitations of the photograph. Photography reproduces with exquisite fidelity the appearances of things, but things are not always what they appear to be. By its nature it cannot show our true realm of experience, the invisible world of our emotions. I feel that language combined with photography helps me express myself more precisely and intimately." Through a subtle interplay of images, visual and verbal, this volume reveals "the complex nature of desire" for one's actual and would-be lovers.
An Exibition of New Ideas in Photograpy, Painting and Photograph/Drawing. Sidney Janis Gallery, 1981. 18 pp. Quarto. Stiff printed wrappers. Saddle-stitched [staple bound]. Black-and-white reproductions.
Key early catalogue from this important NYC gallery.