In 1964 Duane Michals, already established as a leading American photographer, was commissioned by Robert Benton, art editor of Esquire magazine and later an Oscar-winning screenwriter and director, to make a sequence of photographs for a book on Benton’s home state. The book never appeared but recently Michals discovered in his archive ‘Duane’s Texas tempest in a teapot treasure trove’, the whole brilliant and resonant portrait of that celebrated state – captivating black-and-white images published here for the first time.
Tender, witty, poignant and truthful, Duane Michals’ Texas 1964 captures a society in some ways unchanged from its first controversial settlement, with its racial divisions and economic and social gulfs, and in others redolent of the new America – commercialised, confident, forward-looking.
Texas 1964 has been designed by Peter Willberg and printed in Italy on 170gsm Gardapat Ultra by SiZ Industria Grafica,Verona.
There are five signed original photogravures by Duane Michals identified by the roman numerals I, II, III, IV and V, each numbered 1/25 to 25/25 with the corresponding roman numeral. They have been printed on 300 gsm Somerset White Velvet at Paupers Press, London.
Copies 1–15 of photogravures I, II, III, IV and V are sold in sets, each set accompanied by a signed and slipcased copy of the de luxe book, numbered Set 1–Set 15.
Copies 16–25 of photogravures I, II, III, IV and V are sold individually, each accompanied by a signed and slipcased de luxe book with corresponding numbering.