Trained as a painter-sculptor, Gérard Lange made his initial foyer into photography in order to augment his work in collage. This investigation quickly turned into a love of the medium, which has now occupied much of his creative endeavors for the last fifteen years. Lange varies his images between traditional straight photography and ones made from hand-built cameras. He also mixes the use of traditional darkroom techniques and digital image making. Sometimes Lange’s work falls into a more documentary aspect of picture taking, where different aspects of culture and society are explored through his lens. At other times however, the photographs make use of the photographic process as a point of exploration and departure. In this latter style, Lange defines a physical or psychological construct regarding photography and designs a special camera or technique that embraces or denies the definition.
Regardless of technical concerns behind the visual style of his images, Lange maintains a strong devotion to the nature of inquiry that photography imbues. In each series the artist clearly displays his artistic vision through the consistency of collected works. Thematically, he is most interested in the urban landscape and hidden aspects of culture concealed in this environment. Lange is also concerned with how visual culture affects humankind’s philosophies and global consciousness through mass marketing and advertising. Throughout his work Lange reveals commonly overlooked details in everyday subjects, invokes a preciousness of the mundane and embraces architecture as a collective societal identity.
Gérard Lange received an MFA from Tulane University in New Orleans, specializing in photography and digital imaging. He also studied filmmaking in Atlanta and book arts in Cortona, Italy. Since 2004 he has been engaged as an assistant professor of Art & Design and currently teaches at Barton College, in Wilson, North Carolina. His work in a variety of media has been exhibited across the United States and internationally.