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Actress Jessica Lange’s career spans more than 30 years
and 30 films; the winner of two Academy awards, the one-time
waitress is one of the most acclaimed performers of both the
screen and the stage, as well as one of the most
recognizable faces. 50 Photographs, however, finds Lange on
the other side of the camera. Originally drawn to the
medium simply as a way to document the lives and growth of
her children, Lange has now been photographing on and off
for 15 years, approaching the art as an antidote to the
constant fervor of Hollywood. "It is a way of working," she
says of her process, "that is the opposite of acting.
Photography doesn’t depend on collaboration; it can be
solitary and private." A 2007 feature in Aperture,
introduced by Mary Ellen Mark, gave the world its first
taste of Lange’s visual work; now, 50 Photographs gathers
her impressive portfolio, featuring images from Mexico,
Africa, Romania, Russia, Finland, Italy, and France as well
as the U.S., into her first-ever photography monograph.
Alternately comforting and disquieting, Lange’s striking
black-and-whites possess a kind of moody mystery that is
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