Duane Michals at the "Symposium Fantastische Fotografie"

Yesterday I visited the Symposium Fantastische Fotografie (symposium on staged photography) that was organized by the Nederlands Fotomuseum (Dutch Photo Museum). Next to presentations from Lotte Menkman and Rommert Boonstra and interviews with Pieter Laurens Mol , Teun Hocks, Ellen Kooi, and Jaap Scheeren, there was a presentation by one of the founding fathers of this type of photography, i.e. Duane Michals (1932). His presentation was quite remarkable; there is clearly a strong personality behind the messages communicated with his photography. I am glad I took the opportunity to attend the symposium.

Typical quote from Duane Michals:

I think photographs should be provocative and not tell you what you already know. It takes no great powers or magic to reproduce somebody's face in a photograph. The magic is in seeing people in new ways.

Photo: Duane Michals, by Barend Jan de Jong (Leica M9, Summicron 90mm).

Photo: Duane Michals, by Barend Jan de Jong (Leica M9, Summicron 90mm).