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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Steidl (January 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3865212751
  • ISBN-13: 978-3865212757
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,132,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Duane Michals, born in 1932 made significant, creative strides in the field of photography. In the 1960s, an era heavily influenced by photojournalism and its aesthetic, Michals manipulated the medium to communicate narratives using a distinctive pictorial technique. In 1970 the Museum of Modern Art, New York, hosted Michals's first solo exhibition. Since then his work has been widely exhibited and it has received numerous awards. Duane Michals lives and works in New York City.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew M. Hamon on October 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
A manifesto of sorts

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....
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Format: Paperback
I like Duane Michals a lot--he has had a great impact on my appreciation of photography--but this book is simply not good. I get the idea that art photography is ripe for parody, but a photograph of literal crap (as Michals includes in this book) is still crap, even if it were possible to view it in some "ironic" sense. And I also get that the prices for some contemporary photographs are astronomical and worthy of intellectual protest, but I'll go out on a limb here and suggest that Duane Michals' own photographs are no doubt way, way out of my budget, so perhaps I could write my own version of "Foto Follies" and include Michals as one of my targets, just as he names names of photographers whose work sells for more than his. I won't do that, though, because, as I said, I like Duane Michals, even though I think this book is horrid.
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1 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Frantz on June 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
This tabloid quality publication marks the demise of a great artist. If anything Duane Michals: Foto Follies will survive as an example of the dredful place to which no artist should ever go.
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