George Lange is an internationally known photographer, known for his energetic and joyful pictures. His pictures often surprise us with unexpected twists: subjects posing in boxes, chairs suspended from walls, and lots of things being thrown at the camera. One of his most iconic shots shows Sophia Loren at her most glamorous in an evening dress at a villa in Beverly Hills with a leaf blower strapped to her back. Another is the photo of Ewan McGregor smoking a cigarette with his head in a lion’s mouth. George also took the only posed picture of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates together, sitting in Job’s home in Mountain View, California. He has photographed Warren and Jimmy Buffet dressing up as each other.
George Lange is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. It was there that his parents gave him a camera when he was seven years old, unknowingly planting the seed for a long and successful career in photography. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design when the photo department was run by Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. George was instrumental in bringing photographer Wendy McNeil to the school and subsequently studying with her.
Early in his career he worked with giants of photography such as Duane Michals and Annie Leibovitz, where he learned the fine art of storytelling through images (Duane) and the choreography of a big commercial shoot (Annie). Immediately after, he went out on his own and began to shoot for magazines such as Rolling Stone, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Teen People, NY Times Magazine, Vogue, Vanity Fair, GEO and Fortune among many others.
George also shot many of the iconic images from 90’s TV shows such as Friends, Frazier, Dawson’s Creek, and Seinfeld. Later he shot ads for TLC with hit shows like Cake Boss and Honey Boo Boo. He shot ads for movie posters including Jackie Brown, Little Rascals, Flintstones and many Jim Carrey movies.
George’s popular book The Unforgettable Photograph, published in 2013 by Workman Publishing and co-authored by Scott Mowbray, was published in multiple languages internationally. It got the attention of Instagram and landed George the position of the first Artist in Residence for Creative Shop, the in-house creative agency at Instagram and Facebook.
His pictures have been included in most of the large monographs on photographer Francesca Woodman as well as Light in the Darkness, a book about Bruce Springsteen. His photograph of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates is in the collection of the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.
Currently George is breathing new life into his past work by creating large-scale, limited edition prints. A reexamination of his most iconic images proves that he has always been able to bring joy and energy to any setting, with any subject - whether movie stars, corporate giants, or the beauty in everyday life.
George’s current work is focused on intimate, real life moments - often joyful, sometimes uncomfortable. An in-depth project for Dick’s Sporting Goods focused on the emotional side of youth sports showed the power of the moments in-between innings, comforting a loss, squeezing into a tight uniform and connecting off the field with teammates. He has also created photos for White Wave, Crocs, and Good Day Chocolate that amplifies the dimension in our humanity that gets lost.
George’s current work is focused on the beauty he finds everyday in the most intimate, real life moments - often joyful, always shining a light on the best parts we often miss. George describes photographing like playing a piano, “We often see the white keys as what we need to share - but often the most obvious doesn’t teach us anything we don’t already know. I want to share what we never share. The in-between moments. The obvious moments we look right past. The sugar in the bowl.”
George’s work gets at how we are all connected. He is obsessed with how we share what makes us the most amazing. This goes from startups to the biggest corporations in the world. From the most intimate portraits to the most iconic.