Born in Pennsylvania in 1932, Duane Michaels took to photography at age 14 while attending Carnegie Institute. A 1958 trip to Russia with a borrowed camera led to his first public exhibit.

Walt Whitman's book of poems titled, "Leaves of Grass," was Michael's lifeline. He carried it with him while serving in the Korean War, and later published a photo book titled, "Salute, Walt Whitman."

Michaels said, "I was lucky because I never went to photography school and didn't learn the photography rules, and in not learning the rules, I was free." His unique style has been showcased in over twenty printed books, as well as award-winning exhibits in Great Britain, France and the United States.

This Rainbow Minute was read by Alyssa Solomon.

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