San Francisco–based photographer Michael Jang spent nearly four decades working as a successful commercial portrait photographer. Unbeknown to the world, however, he was simultaneously assembling a vast archive of thousands of remarkable images documenting, variously: college days, Hollywood celebrities, would-be weather presenters, San Francisco street scenes, his family, Bay Area punks and adolescent garage bands. Jang revealed nothing of his ever-expanding, eclectic archive for almost 40 years until 2001, when he submitted a number of images for consideration to San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art. Jang’s work attracted immediate acclaim, and for the past decade, he has continued to unveil his considerable oeuvre in national and international exhibitions and monographs.
The photographer’s first major monograph, Who Is Michael Jang? highlights Jang’s most important bodies of work. Introduced by his longtime collaborator and SFMOMA curator emerita of photography, Sandra S. Phillips, this volume offers readers a long-overdue introduction to Jang’s incredible images.
Michael Jang will have a retrospective exhibition at the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts in Fall 2019. The hardcover book features 280 pages of stunning mostly B&W photographs retailing between ( $65 ) est £50. Available via Artbook.
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