|Photographs by Jessica Lange|
Award winning actress Jessica Lange briefly studied photography as a fine art student at the University of Minnesota in the 1960s, before moving on to acting and filmmaking. Decades later she returned to photography, initially photographing her children. She says that she enjoyed developing her pictures in her basement darkroom, while listening to the music of classic soul legends Al Green and Sam Cooke.
In an interview in New York Magazine she says:
“It’s a great counterpoint to filmmaking,” Lange explains, “because it’s such a private, solitary experience. It’s like writing or painting; it’s something you can do on your own. Acting is a co-dependent art form, and the actor is not in control. And filmmaking definitely informs the decision to photograph something. I’m drawn to situations with a dramatic feel to them as far as lighting or backdrop or people’s presence, the way someone stands.”
Jessica Lange has had several exhibitions of her photographs, and last year she published the book 50 Photographs
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.