Untitled Photograph by Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange briefly studied photography at the University of Minnesota in the late 1960s. She didn’t seriously consider photography until many years later when her then-partner, Sam Shepard, brought her a Leica camera. At first she just photographed her children. She then began taking photos of her travels throughout the world. Lange only in recent years began to show her work publicly.
Jessica Lange tells the San Diego Union-Tribune that, as a photographer, she prefers to be anonymous.
“Kind of the fly on the wall,” Lange said. “As soon as you engage somebody, there’s a shift — even if it’s a subtle shift — either in their consciousness or in their attitude. I love the moments that are unguarded, where the subject is oftentimes unaware of being photographed. So I prefer not to be seen.”
In 2009 Jessica Lange published 50 Photographs by Jessica Lange,which is a collection of black and white images from her world travels to destinations such as Mexico, Africa, Romania,Russia, Finland, Italy, and France as well as the U.S. The book includes an introduction by punk rock star Patti Smith, also a photographer. She later published Jessica Lange in Mexico.
Lange’s most recent exhibit, Unseen, is currently showing at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) at Balboa Park in San Diego, California. The exhibition includes her photographs from Mexico, Ethiopia, Romania, Russia, Finland, Italy, France and the United States. About Lange’s work, MOPA says: “Alternately comforting and disquieting, the artist’s striking and unexpected photographs possess a kind of moody mystery that is appropriately cinematic.” The exhibit opened February 8. 2013 and continues through May 19, 2013.
In the video below Jessica Lange answers questions about her exhibit in Mexico last year.
Related blog posts:
Picture Book by Jessica Lange: It’s About a Little Bird (October 3, 2013)
Photographs by Jessica Lange In Mexico (September 24, 2011)
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