Who is Michael Jang?


Atelier Editions, 2019
Hardcover, 24 x 30 cm
280 pages, 198 b/w photographs + 25 color photographs
English text

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Who is Michael Jang? I don’t know if he’s a hipster or a nerd, a conceptual genius or instinctual savant. All I know is that he takes some of best pictures I’ve ever seen.” – Alec Soth

Michael Jang spent nearly four decades working as a successful commercial portrait photographer. Unbeknownst to the world, however, he was assembling a vast archive of thousands of images, producing several now-iconic series, including ‘The Jangs’ (1973)-family images that debunk stereotypes of the “all-American” white family. His reference masters, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand and Diane Arbus. Jang did not reveal anything from this vast archive for nearly 40 years, until 2001, when he presented some images at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco.

The first major monograph about the artist, Who Is Michael Jang?, introduced by Sandra S. Phillips, longtime collaborator and curator of photography at SFMoMA, offers readers an examination of Jang’s work.
I didn’t know this until later, but I used photography to help be involved in the world” – Michael Jang

Weight 2 kg


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