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Foto Follies: How Photography Lost Its Virginity on the Way to the Bank
Of this satirical look at contemporary photography, Duane Michals has said, "The more serious you are, the sillier you have to be. I have a great capacity for foolishness. It's essential." Whether parodying Wolfgang Tillmans or Andres Serrano, Sherrie Levine ("A Duane Michals Photograph of a Sherrie Levine Photograph of a Walker Evans Photograph") or Cindy Sherman ("Who is ...more
Paperback, 90 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Steidl Dap
(first published August 2006)
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Yes, you have to understand contemporary photography of the past 40 years (essentially, the tenure of Michals reign as funnily insightful critic artist), but if you do even a bit you will get a kick out of this book. Often silly, sometimes poignant, and at its best will make you yell, "YES!" Michals, now in his later years, reminds me of Vonnegut in his later years when he became more directly critical, more bemused by it all, and more spot on to what is happening now, like he is already above u ...more