Last week I had the pleasure of hearing Duane Micheals speak at the Strand in NYC. At 75, he pretty much calls it like it is. He has a new book out, Foto Follies, a biting satire on the money-fueled photography world.
Here are several of Michals' comments:
"I've always relied on the kindness of ideas"
"Everything you think makes sense doesn't. Get out of the fuckin' box."
"My gift to you is that I'm not you"
"As long as you believe in consensus reality, you will never experience true reality"
"What I cheap joint, I have to do my own slides" .... and .... "Jesus, what do I have to do to get fucked around here"
"You are the alpha, the omega. You are the event"
"You affect what you see through the participation of your observations"
"Have you ever thought about the not-nowness of now?"
"I love to photograph what cannot be seen"
"Reality is not a set of observable facts walking down the street."
"Photography is not about looking, its about feeling"
"Can you imagine defining your life so narrowly that Nirvana is sex with 72 virgins"
"Someone just paid $3 million for a Gursky. $2.5 million I can see, but 3?"
"You should always be a beginner"
"I love ideas I've never thought of before"