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Duane Michals: The Portraitist

Snap! Space presents Duane Michals: The Portraitist, curated by Linda Benedict-Jones, the first comprehensive overview of inventive portraits by this influential photographer who, in the 1960s, broke away from established traditions of documentary and fine-art photography and is still creating original work today. Michals photographed numerous artists and public figures, as diverse as Leonard Cohen, Yayoi Kusama, Meryl Streep, Maya Angelou, Robert De Niro, Rene Magritte, Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Stephen King, Madonna, Liza Minnelli, Yves Saint Laurent, Sting, Tennessee Williams, the original cast of Saturday Night Live, and many more, shown together for the first time in this exhibition.
As Michals wrote beneath a pensive portrait of Avant-garde Romanian-French playwright, Eugène Ionesco, “The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us.” The diversity of personalities, along with the tremendous variety of photographic approaches, creates a nourishing visual experience and, as always, the works by master photographer Duane Michals do not cease to surprise and delight.

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