Picturing Joy: Stories of Connection by George Lange
George Lange has always been obsessed with connecting with the world through his work. Whether he is shooting a movie star or a family member, he sees his own search for joy reflected in the images. Lange cherishes his happy childhood in Pittsburgh and has found himself unconsciously yearning for that feeling in his adult life. He strives to recreate those fleeting sparks of childhood joy in his relationships and in his photographs.
Picturing Joy: Stories of Connection is a lively guide to Lange’s approach to life, as well as the highlights of his career. This optical and optimistic book captures his curiosity, energy, and enthusiasm for people and photography. It also distills wisdom gleaned from a lifelong search for quotidian beauty that might otherwise go unnoticed. Through more than 80 photos and intimate stories, Picturing Joy invites readers to appreciate life with all of their senses and to change their perspective by being open to new things.
Release Date: September 1, 2023
“Each day I am trying to find the place where we are all connected, but I never know where that place will be. I create spaces where my subjects feel safe and trusting and can share their part of their own joy.”
As a 7-year-old Pittsburgh kid, Lange began snapping photos, exploring the world, and asking tons of questions. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Lange worked for Duane Michals and Annie Leibovitz before establishing his own career. His work has appeared in Vogue, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Esquire, People, The New York Times, and many other publications. He shot many of the iconic images from TV shows such as Friends, Frasier, Dawson’s Creek, and Seinfeld, as well as ads for TLC hit shows including Cake Boss and Honey Boo Boo, and corporate campaigns such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Twilio, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Lange’s first book, The Unforgettable Photograph: 228 Ideas, Tip and Secrets for Taking the Best Pictures of Your Life , was an easy-to-understand guide on how to capture meaningful moments. Published by Workman, the book sold more than 50,000 copies, spawned multiple foreign language editions, including Germany, France, Spain, and China, and landed him on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and in publications including Parade, Reader’s Digest, and Wall Street Journal.
Lange currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA.