During the COVID-19 cris, the Danziger Gallery presented George Lange’s photographs of Francesca Woodman. These pictures were shot as they were both students and friends at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). They celebrated the youthful creativity of Woodman and underlined her practice, her attention to staging objects, body and even light. Woodman’s earliest pictures already pointed out her known exploration of self-portraiture and female subjectivity, before committing suicide at the age of 22. These portraits simply depict a strong, touching friendship.
Lange’s pictures were kept secret annd untouched in a box for close to forty years, all along with a selection of prints and ephemera that Woodman gifted to Lange. These works work were first shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver last year in the exhibition Portrait of a Reputation.
The following video is a conversation between George Lange and James Danziger on the works of Francesca Woodman, on the memories of Lange and their friendship.