Duane Michals - Carry Me Daddy, 1989 (top); My Father Could Walk in the Sky, 1989 (bottom)
Text in the photographs:
Carry Me Daddy, 1989
Carry me daddy, all the way home. I’ll lean on your shoulder, even after I’ve grown. And when me get there, tuck me in bed. I’ll still be your son, even after you’re dead. While I am dreaming, sing me a tune. A song of my birthright, the sun and the moon.
My Father Could Walk in the Sky, 1989
My father could walk in the sky. He promised to teach me how. But he left without saying goodbye. I don’t cry. I’m a grown up now.
A sequence of four photographs made in 1986 “The Dream of Flowers” shows the head of a young man, eyes closed, resting on a glass table that mirrors his head. Each following picture shows the head progressively covered with more and more flowers. There is an initial under each photograph. Together, they spell “AIDS”. Because Michals believes that the photograph can’t really give the whole picture, he uses captions to get closer to what he is trying to say. [via]