I look at life in dualistic terms: On one hand, the world is a brilliant, amazing place of limitless opportunity. On the other hand, the world can feel like a concentration camp encircled by a fence that’s here to remind us of our limitations and what “ought to be”. I’m one of the prisoners, running around the camp, finding holes in the fence… when I find a hole, I scurry about telling as many people as I can about the hole so, so they may escape, before the guards patch it up. That’s how I view my role in the world as a photographer, comedian, writer, and talk show host. Everything I produce is connected to this mission: to liberate. To give voice to the voiceless. To shine a light where the shadows prevail.
My main venues for creation right now are photography and my late night talk show, The Paul Duane Show. It may also be said that my personal style is one of those areas of art as well, though I see it as somewhat coincidental. I studied psychology in college, married my 7th grade crush for 7 years, have experienced the secret underground world of pick up artists, am a father of two brilliant daughters, was a USPS Letter Carrier for 4 years in downtown Salt Lake City, have played in several rock and punk bands, am one of Utah’s most notable cross dressers, am a professional photographer of 11 years, a stand up comic, and consider myself a (lapsed) Ethnic Mormon. Those are a few of the wells which I draw upon when it comes time to create.
When it comes to photography, my hero is Richard Avedon. He blurred the lines between fashion, editorial, and fine art with a brilliantly minimalistic approach. He had a way of revealing the divinely humane aspect of his subject, regardless of their extreme celebrity of lack of it. He found the dignity and the humanity in each of his subjects, and I aspire to similar heights when I pick up my camera.
The Paul Duane Show is quite possibly the perfect medium for my self expression. It is the perfect combination of my love of spoken word, comedy, philosophy, mass media, and music. Think Conan O’brien + This American Life + Portlandia. The Paul Duane Show is created to be the best cocktail party you’ve e’ver been to: an event where you meet people you’ve heard of but never encountered personally, a pleace where you meet people you’ve never heard of that blow your mind, a party with amazing music, wonderful drinks, laughs and deep thoughts. THAT is The Paul Duane Sho, w. On each show, I interview the most brilliant and / or notable minds in Utah, served alongside music from a different local band on each show.
My studio and show are based in Salt Lake City, Utah; I’m available for photography, comedy, journalism, and speaking engagements nationwide. Contact me using the form below for details.
801 994 6960
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