Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals

Book cover with photographs of men walking with title Storyteller Duane Michals

A self-taught photographer, Duane Michals broke away from established traditions of the medium during the 1960s. His messages and poems inscribed on the photographs, and his visual stories created through multiple images, defied the principles of the reigning practitioners of the form. Indeed, Michals considers himself as much a storyteller as a photographer.

Accompanying a major traveling retrospective of his work, this book features Michals’s best-known early sequences, The Spirit Leaves the Body, Paradise Regained, and Chance Meeting—as well as works from later in his career such as Who is Sidney Sherman? and The Bewitched Bee. Penetrating essays situate Michals within the history of 20th-century photography, explore the artist’s images of sexual identity and sensuality, examine his legacy today, and address the childlike aspects of his work. This volume of more than 75 original works will thrill Duane Michals aficionados, while introducing new viewers to an innovative artist who redefined the role of the photograph in artistic expression.

By Linda Benedict-Jones with contributions by Allen Ellenzweig, Marah Gubar, Adam Ryan, and Aaron Schuman. Accompanied a retrospective at Carnegie Museum of Art, November 2014 to February 2015; and Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, March to June 2015.

Named by TIME Magazine and The Daily Beast as one of the top coffee table books of 2014!

2014; softcover and hardcover; 240 pages with 285 illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and DelMonico Books/Prestel; ISBN 978-3-7913-5370-8 (hardcover), 978-3-7913-6542-8 (softcover)