Duane E. Langness was born in Fargo about 1948 to Purden and Rose Langness. In 1971 he opened a studio at his home 515 University Drive South. A 1973 ad places his studio at 306 University Drive North. He began working out of his home at 726 Seventh Street North in 1974. He apparently left the photography field in 1985 when he became a musician. In 1989 he was listed in the Fargo City Directory as a contractor. His wife’s name was Elaine, and they had three children, Paul, Tonya, and Eric.