WALD MICHAEL LANGE
Text Wolfgang Denkel | Christoph Schaden
80 pages 32 images
34 x 26 cm, hardcover
Hatje Cantz 2012
The forest is the setting for myths and fairy tales and has been a favorite subject in art and literature from time immemorial. Over a period of three years, Michael Lange wandered through Germany’s vast deciduous and coniferous forests, taking pictures with a sure sense of the places where childhood memories and sober documentations of nature blur. The mysterious photographs were taken off the beaten path, in the thickets and underbrush, at dusk or twilight. What was decisive for the cycle was the question of how the nature of stillness can be depicted in an image. The finest of nuances, shadows, and color gradients create thickly atmospheric compositions of concentrated clarity, conveying an experience characterized by the German Romantic word Waldeinsamkeit (woodland solitude). This publication traces the artist’s photographic tracks.
Michael Lange is an autodidact who has been doing reportage photography and portraits for magazines and companies since the late seventies; since the end of the nineties he has devoted himself to his own projects. WALD is his first book. Lange lives in Hamburg. All images in this volume where photographed in Germany between 2009 and 2011 as single images, diptychons and triptychons.michael lange | hatje cantz verlag | 2012 | photobook |