A Visit With Magritte.
Photographs by Duane Michals.
64 pp., Illustrated throughout, 6x8".
“If I indulge myself and surrender
to memory,”writes photographer
Duane Michals,“I can still feel the
knot of excitement that gripped
me as I turned the corner into Rue
Mimosas, looking for the house of
René Magritte. It was August,
1965. I was 33 years old and about
to meet the man whose profound
and witty surrealist paintings had
contradicted my assumptions
about photography.”Testimony to
Magritte’s ongoing influence
down the generations, this book
records Michals’ visit with the
great Belgian painter, and invites
the viewer to follow him in his
journey through the private realm
of an artist who was one of his
earliest heroes. The revelatory
images of Magritte’s home and
the portraits of its inhabitants are
at once distant and intimate, private
and representative, humorous
and calm, reflecting the evident
respect that the man behind
the camera felt for his subjects.