Into the American Roots

1024px-ecurtis Edward Sheriff Curtis, 16.2.1868 – 19.10.1952, Single of the Day





The simple reality of American roots

Edward S. Curtis the North American Indian, May 11 through September 10, 2017 –
The Muskegon Museum of Art, Michigan




Duane Michals, the prose portrait author

imagesDuane Michals, 18.2.1932, Single of the Day.




“I have a new concept. I call it the “prose portrait.” A prose portrait doesn’t necessarily show you what someone looks like; it’s not a line-for-line reproduction of a face. A prose portrait tells you what the nature of the person is about. When I photographed Magritte, the portrait was made in the nature of Magritte. When I photographed Warhol, the portrait was in the character, the mystery—if there is one—of Warhol. You can’t capture someone, per se. How could you? The subject probably doesn’t even know who he (or she) is. So, for me, a prose portrait is about a person, rather than of a person.”