Michael Jang, a well-known photographer that has worked with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Ronald Reagan, is showing a collection of photographs that hits closer to home. In the 1970’s, while still a student in California, Jang began taking photos of his Chinese-American family.
The photographs show the intimacy of family but also the suburban experience of the 1970’s, a quintessential time for ‘Americana’ culture.
For Jang, who was influenced by the street photographer Lee Friedlander, the opportunity to capture his family proved fruitful. ‘Every day was a new visual discovery.’
This collection of photographs will be on display at the Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco on May 3.
Capturing the Light: The Birth of Photography, by Roger Watson and Helen Rappaport – reviewed by Francis Hodgson (photography critic for the FT)
This is not a book for specialist historians – who will find little that is new – but rather a lively introduction to the subject, illustrated with vivid examples of the early photographers’ art, including a striking 1839 picture of an American named Robert Cornelius; “probably the world’s first successful photographic portrait – of himself – an astonishing image full of life and character”.
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