Published by Steidl. Text by Bernard Blistène, Diana Michener.
Between 2018 and 2021, inspired by 19th-century photography, Diana Michener (born 1940) photographed human and animal bones in museum collections, realizing them in platinum prints. Bones recreates the look of these prints through offset printing on Somerset Book mold-made paper, each image interspersed with glassine leaves.
In this captivating project, Diana Michener (born 1940) photographs the horizon with an 8 x 10 camera across mostly desert and semi-arid environments in Big Bend National Park, Texas, the Golan Heights, Spain, and beyond. Michener intuits the horizon in a trance-like state, grasping its many changing guises.
In her black-and-white pictures, artist Diana Michener (born 1940) repurposes stills from pornographic films and transforms them into ambiguous and expressive images, which maintain an emotional—rather than an explicit—tenor. Her impressionistic works are reproduced here.
Currently based in Paris and New York, Diana Michener--who was born in 1940, studied with Lisette Model at The New School in New York and with Ansel Adams at Yosemite and frequently collaborates with her own sweetheart, Jim Dine--has said of Sweethearts, "This work in another form was shown at The New York Film Festival in 1982. It still remains, for me, a study in indecision. The Sweethearts are emblematic of that thing that can exist between couples, when one can not assume the persona of the other." Taking the form of a flipbook, Sweethearts (starring Wallace Shawn and Deborah Eisenberg) is a series of film stills depicting those overlooked, banal and dramatic moments that take place in a couple's domestic space. Sometimes quiet, sometimes animated, the subjects are pictured together in an intimate exploration of the vagaries of love and life.