You may have noticed a lot of behind-the-scenes photos popping up at GlennBeck.com recently. The majority of those photos come from a man named George Lange, often known as Glenn's "liberal best friend." You can check out his website here. George is joining Glenn in Israel over the next few weeks and will be documenting every step of the journey to "Restoring Courage", GBTV, and beyond!
In April, The Blaze did a profile on George which you can read in its entirety here. Some excerpts from that profile are below:
Before he became the artistic genius behind Glenn’s amalgamation of portraits and caricatures, George Lange was a liberal Pittsburgher who had grown into a successful career photographing various celebrities, corporate ad campaigns and politicians — however Republicans, he says, were off-limits.
“My job is to glorify people,” George says. “I can’t glorify Republicans; I couldn’t sleep at night.”
So how did George get mixed up with the likes of Glenn? It’s a “completely ridiculous” story, he recalls.
When George snapped his first photo of Glenn, it was for an ad campaign that would advertise Beck’s CNN program. At the time, George admits he didn’t know much about Glenn, but tried to focus photographing him as a person rather than a political figure. Simon & Schuster later approached him to shoot the cover of Beck’s “Inconvenient Book.”
After the “Arguing With Idiots” photo shoot, “we were bonded,” George says, “and we were on our way.”
“I‘ve had to come to terms with what I’m doing and who Glenn is,” he adds. “In that process we’ve developed a great friendship. It’s kind of crazy — we’re really good friends and have a very special relationship.”
“I trust you to tell you my story,” Glenn told George at the start of their professional relationship. In turn, George was given free access to Glenn and his world.
“There are no closed doors, no place I can’t walk in,” George says. “Glenn has given me carte blanche in his world.”
In return, George has worked to create a library of images that give people a better idea of who Glenn Beck really is. Included in this portfolio of work have been some “incredibly intimate moments,” George says, including snapping personal shots of Glenn and Tania celebrating their wedding anniversary in Rome.
“My job is to show what makes someone special and interesting,” he says. “I’ve shown this to liberal audiences and they generally come to the work with a bad impression of Glenn but leave with a much more open, flushed-out opinion.”
In the future, George hopes to expand his portfolio to include more shots of Glenn’s “beautiful, empathetic and generous” audience. “Their story hasn’t been told,” he says.