Overview participating exhibitions

IN VIVO | the nature of nature
2018

IN VIVO | the nature of nature

Michael Lange

Berg (2013-ongoing)

BERG is a meditative exploration of our relationship with the overwhelming, sublime landscape. Michael Lange follows the idea that the massive rock landscapes have merged over the course of time with the primal forces that created them. BERG is about raw, inaccessible nature, the cliffs and ravines, the play of the wind and clouds, the snow and rain in the immovable décor of rocks. By spending days and weeks in a row in the French Alps, exposed to the elements, waiting for the right set of conditions to photograph, Lange developed a deep bond with the mountains. This is the third part in his landscape research, which has previously taken shape in the series Wald and Fluss.

Land
2010

Land

Michael Lange

THE WOMEN OF THE LAMANI TRIBE (India, 2005)

The Lamani gypsies in the south of India are among the lowest castes in that land. Their traditions are all but forgotten. They often live in small villages around cities, where the women are dressed in the standard saris, and not in their own handmade clothing and heavy silver jewellery. In order to see the traditional life of the Lamani, you have to travel to remote villages, where the Lamani live in mud huts or rudimentary brick houses paid for by the government. Their fields look like plots of desert. They cut sugar cane, or crush stone into gravel for road building. Their caste is not permitted other work – nor is it a possibility, given their scant education. Girls marry when they are around thirteen. Although the women do the same work as the men, they are paid only about a third of what the men receive. At the same time, it is the women who keep the families going, by managing the finances, raising the children, and doing the housework.

  • THE WOMEN OF THE LAMANI TRIBE (India, 2005)

    The Lamani gypsies in the south of India are among the lowest castes in that land. Their traditions are all but forgotten. They often live in small villages around cities, where the women are dressed in the standard saris, and not in their own handmade clothing and heavy silver jewellery. In order to see the traditional life of the Lamani, you have to travel to remote villages, where the Lamani live in mud huts or rudimentary brick houses paid for by the government. Their fields look like plots of desert. They cut sugar cane, or crush stone into gravel for road building. Their caste is not permitted other work – nor is it a possibility, given their scant education. Girls marry when they are around thirteen. Although the women do the same work as the men, they are paid only about a third of what the men receive. At the same time, it is the women who keep the families going, by managing the finances, raising the children, and doing the housework.

  • THE WOMEN OF THE LAMANI TRIBE (India, 2005)

  • THE WOMEN OF THE LAMANI TRIBE (India, 2005)

  • THE WOMEN OF THE LAMANI TRIBE (India, 2005)

Traces & Omens
2005

Traces & Omens

Michael Lange

L.A. DRIVE-BY (1996-2000)

Los Angeles is constantly recreating itself. The city has only a couple of buildings that are more than a century old. The rest of the buildings - houses, streets, shopping centers, parking places - date from the last 100 years. L.A. therefore gives the impression of having just been created. Like a contemporary archaeologist the German photographer Michael Lange went in search of L.A.'s visible history. He entered the run-down neighborhoods from the 1940s and 1950s, which are avoided by most residents of the city because of their relative age. This is the territory of the poor black population and the Latinos, where violence and drive-by shootings are the order of the day. Lange photographed the surroundings from the safety of his automobile, as a threatening, autonomous world from which the rich, white part of L.A. isolates itself.

  • L.A. DRIVE-BY (1996-2000)

    Los Angeles is constantly recreating itself. The city has only a couple of buildings that are more than a century old. The rest of the buildings - houses, streets, shopping centers, parking places - date from the last 100 years. L.A. therefore gives the impression of having just been created. Like a contemporary archaeologist the German photographer Michael Lange went in search of L.A.'s visible history. He entered the run-down neighborhoods from the 1940s and 1950s, which are avoided by most residents of the city because of their relative age. This is the territory of the poor black population and the Latinos, where violence and drive-by shootings are the order of the day. Lange photographed the surroundings from the safety of his automobile, as a threatening, autonomous world from which the rich, white part of L.A. isolates itself.

  • L.A. DRIVE-BY (1996-2000)

  • L.A. DRIVE-BY (1996-2000)

  • L.A. DRIVE-BY (1996-2000)

Biography

Michael Lange has been working as a freelance photographer since the late seventies. He combines commercial commissions with long-term personal projects. His series Wald and Fluss have been published in book form, respectively in 2013 and 2015. BERG is expected to follow in 2019. Lange’s series The Women of the Lamani Tribe and L.A. Drive-By have previously been exhibited at the Noorderlicht Photography Festivals Land (2010) and Traces & Omens (2005).

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Land - Country Life in the Urban Age

Land - Country Life in the Urban Age

Price EUR 15,00

Traces & Omens

Traces & Omens

Price EUR 10,00