Rick Lang has been exploring his personal vision for the past 35 years. Born in Santa Moncia California in 1954. He moved to Winter Park, Florida with his family in 1959, where he grew up. Since taking up photography in his senior year in high school, it has played a major role in his life ever since. After studying at Crealde School of Art from 1984 to 1986, Rick started at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies at Daytona State College where he graduated with honors in 1989. After graduation Rick worked as a commercial photographer and taught part time at Crealde School of Art until in 1995 when he was named the Director of Photography. Rick has also taught at Valencia State and Daytona State College. During this time he pursued his personal documentary work of the history and culture of Southeastern United States. As part of his work at Crealde he has curated some of the most important photographic exhibitions at the school including, Portraits of Artists: Portrait Photography of Arnold Newman; 50 Years Apart: The Photography of Walker Evans and Michael Williamson, and A Shared Legacy: Documentary Photography of Florida from the 1930s and Today(2003).
Through the years Rick has become well known as a photographer, educator, and curator. His photographic work has been exhibited throughout the Eastern United States, including his solo exhibitions at the Baldwin Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University, The Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi and The Florida Museum of Arts and Culture in Avon Park, Florida. His work is in numerous public and private collections including the State of Florida, the City of Orlando and the Southeast Museum of Photography. Rick’s work is published in two books: We the People …of Orange Countyand Small Town Orange County.
Rick Lang is well respected in the photographic community, as represented by the number of times that he is asked to judge art competitions or to lecture on a wide variety of photographic subjects.