Duane Michals was born in McKeesport, a suburb of Pittsburgh, where he took studio art classes at the Carnegie Institute. He received a BA from the University of Denver and attended Parsons School of Design in New York City. Michals’s photographic career commenced in 1958, when he travelled to Russia with a borrowed camera and made portraits of people on the streets. Over the following decades, he worked as a freelance photographer for magazines including Vogue, Esquire, Mademoiselle and Life, doing fashion photography and portraits. Michals was made an Officier in France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1993, and he was honoured with the International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Art, in 1989, and the Foto España International Award in 2001. He lives and works in New York City.