Queer Space: Duane Michals’ Photographic Series “Things Are Queer”

6 min readJun 26, 2019
Duane Michals’ “Things Are Queer” (1973)

Duane Michals’ black and white photographic series “Things are Queer” (1973) begins with the photograph of a bathroom that is framed by the negative space between bathtub, sink, and toilet. At first, it is these bright white objects that we see, but we are soon drawn into the dark spaces in-between as an effect of the framing. A curious tension immediately emerges in our…


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