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Duane Michals: Foto Follies: How Photography Lost Its Virginity on the Way to the Bank Paperback – January 15, 2007
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I'll give it three stars, as it's the sort of book you could read in twenty minutes before passing it on to one of your artist friends. The book reads like a manifesto against contemporary photography. A must read (skim, browse, whatever... for photography students and/or emerging artists) It's cleaver, poignant, humorous, and thought provoking. I doubt Duane's stance is as vitriolic as some might assume. In the end, I think the purpose is simply to open the dialogue about the medium and what it has become. If you are looking for classic Duane Michals, you might want to pick up one of his monographs, though I would argue that this is a D.M. classic. If you are a photographer's photographer (I'm not), Duane has written this for you. I'd like to thank Mr. Michals for speaking up and carrying the torch for good ideas over the pretentious artifice present in so much work today and questioning the art market. Of course, art and the art market are two entirely different things that have nothing (ideally) to do with one another. Incidentally, I met Duane with some of my friends in New York several years ago. He invited us into his home and was incredibly generous with his time as he talked to us wannabe artists and complete strangers. He's a real spitfire and a chivalrous man... Three cheers for Duane... hip hip....