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. It is published in a first edition of 1000 regular copies plus the signed and numbered de luxe limited editions.