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The Nameless Days is one kind of ceremonial. A village dance night outdoors is another, and Lange’s pictures of older couples dancing are a delicate, sober study of the life of the affections. These 60-somethings still use dance as an instrument of romance and intimacy. And to see them really clearly you have to get intimate with them, with the pictures, I mean, because they don’t snap into focus unless we get right up on top of them. It matters that they are all older people. Once on top of them, you feel human and pictorial energy as one bundle of sensation. Lange, in effect, is using her camera to draw us close enough to join the dance of time passing. ■

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