As spring approaches we’re back to photography with the Dutch premiere of the newest documentary about American master Duane Michals. I’m glad to be able to present to this beautiful doc as part of Cracking the Frame!
Tuesday 19 March, 19.30h at Rialto cinema Amsterdam
DUANE MICHALS, THE MAN WHO INVENTED HIMSELF
Camille Guichard | France | 2012 | 98 min
Duane Michals is a witty and cheerful young man of almost 80 years old and, most of all, one of the great American Masters of Photography.
As a completely self-taught photographer, Duane Michals was among the first photographers to make innovative use of photo sequences, incorporating handwritten texts which add another dimension to the images’ meaning. Blending photography and poetry to balance fragility and strength, gravity and humour, each sequence depicts the unfolding of a specific event.
Michals’ career has included shooting for Esquire, Vogue, Mademoiselle and he has been the official photographer for the 1968 Olympics and published over 30 books.
With an up-close-and-personal approach, French filmmaker Camille Guichard follows Michals in his favorite locations (Pittsburgh, New York, Vermont) and focuses on his personal life, investigating his sources of inspiration and the recurrent themes of his work: love, desire, death, and immortality.
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Cracking the Frame
A monthly program featuring an international selection of critically acclaimed art related documentaries and artists’ films.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through experimental documentaries and cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, filmmakers, writers and global thinkers.
Each film is theatrically unreleased in The Netherlands and will be screened in English or with English subtitles.