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Duane Michals: Portraits

After photographing iconic artists for more than 50 years, Duane Michals presents a collection of his work, some accompanied by his musings, in Portraits. Michals searches for the surprise in personalities such as Carol Burnett, Peter O'Toole and Tilda Swinton, and implores viewers to stop looking at people but into them. His subjects are often captured as reflections in mirrors or windows, clouded by smoke, or--in the case of Stephen King--peering through a spider web because "oh what a wicked web King weaves." The most moving portrait is of Michals's father, staring straight at the camera but remaining unreadable. Throughout his life, the elder Michals promised to write his son a letter but died without doing so, leaving the photographer wondering "where he had hidden his love." --Elyse Dinh-McCrillis, blogger at Pop Culture Nerd