Marc Lagrange was born in 1957. While he was born in the Congo in Africa, he was actually based out of Antwerp, Belgium. While he started his training and career as an Engineer, his love of photography eventually led him to producing work for a myriad of fashion magazines, but eventually ventured out on his own to give himself more freedom.
Marc Lagrange and his Vision
In 2006 he had an exhibition at the Fotomuseum in Antwerp, and it became the impetus for him to begin dedicating his work on his own projects exclusively. While he will take on a commercial project here and there, they must be clients willing to accept his vision, and his vision alone.
He finds his inspiration from cinema and people he met. While very stylized “portraits” were his forte, his later work was leaning more towards storytelling. His favorite tool of choice was the Deardoff large format camera, and he was pretty much dedicated to film photography. Although in later years, he would infrequently use a Leica M digital camera, but did have 20+ cameras. Including a 24×30″ technical Chamonix camera with a Cooke 27 in made in 1930. And large format Polaroid was another medium used for one book.
If he had one photographer he most admired, it was Irving Penn. But much of his aesthetic came from a time long past. His preferred designers of every ilk were from the 1950’s and 1960’s, for what he said were a “timeless beauty” to the work.
A Legacy in Print
A photographer who started late, (relatively), and died early. Unfortunately, while the art world waited for the next great works of Marc Lagrange, he died accidentally in 2015 in Spain. His books will soon be collector items, and his work will be forever revered. Visit his site below, and consider investing in some of his prints.