Liz Goldwyn

on Duane Michals

An excerpt from DEAR DAVE, 25

It was around this time that I purchased a handful of old issues of Vogue from the “dollar a pound” room at one of my frequented vintage stores in Boston. Leafing through them, I discovered that some of my favorite “fine art” photographers had been commissioned to do fashion and beauty stories. In the May 1979 issue of Vogue, there was a fragrance story shot by Duane Michals. One image from this spread burned into my retina: a nude woman's torso, her head obscured by a bouquet of flowers. Beside it, Michals signature cursive writing read, “In my dreams, the siren that lured me with her fragrance had the body of a woman, and her head was a dazzling bouquet of flowers.”