Meet Michael Jang, photography’s new cult hero

After going unseen for decades, Michael Jang’s work is finally gaining the plaudits it deserves – and the 68-year-old is loving every second.

The 68-year-old’s photography views the world through a mischievous lens. After going unseen for decades, it’s finally gaining the plaudits it deserves – and he’s loving every second.

The Documentary Photography Issue VII: Home, reimagined

It feels as if our relationship with the idea of home is changing.  Across the world, nationalism finds itself dancing freely with far-right politics, while political divisions have chopped families right down the middle, transforming previously tight-kni

‘Home’ is both a physical and imagined space – a state and place of belonging. In our annual celebration of visual storytelling, join us as we spotlight the photographers capturing it in all of its wildly different guises.

A Rediscovered Archive from California in the Seventies

As a young artist, Michael Jang captured L.A. glitz, San Francisco streets, and his Chinese-American family.

Sometime in 2002, the photographer Michael Jang went to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and dropped off some of his old pictures that he had recently rediscovered. At the time, the museum’s photography department had an open-submission policy; the curators would consider work that anyone brought in. Though Jang had worked locally as a successful professional photographer, he had all but forgotten about the work he had done in the seventies, when he was an art student who snuck into lavish parties, went to punk shows, and wandered the streets. The museum soon called him back, adding some of his work to its permanent collection and later exhibiting it as part of a show about California. Jang’s images were mischievous and quirky, full of visual jokes about how the rich and famous and the freaks and burnouts weren’t all that different from one another. In the years since, Jang has spent more time digging through his archives. The result is a stunning monograph, “Who Is Michael Jang?” (A related exhibition, “Michael Jang’s California” will be on exhibit at the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, in San Francisco, from September 27th to January 18, 2020.)

Watch This: Photographer Michael Jang Shows Off His Sweet San Francisco Home Studio | American Photo

The most recent episode from the “Artist Cribs” series features photographer Michael Jang’s sweet San Francisco home. As Jang walks through his place, he takes time to show off images from his archives, his cameras, and what looks like an incredible home darkroom. He also shared anecdotes about the work—like crashing a poetry event to get a portrait of William S. Burroughs.

Q & A with Michael Jang

Michael Jang by Amanda Boe Michael Jang is a photographer based in San Francisco. • One photo of yours that struck me ...

Look, I extend the antennas to detect pools of energy, respond and react with little if no thought, shoot like a blind man with ADHD and bail. Or maybe not ADHD but Aspergers where I understand empathy might be an issue. That’s another subject.

The Point by Kirk Crippens and Michael Jang

Somewhere in the virtual world, I came across The Point, a new Blurb book that is the collaborative effort of Kirk Crippens and Michael Jang. I'm a big fan of both photographers, and I love the idea of working apart and together to create a significant project.

l e n s c r a t c h: Michael Jang

Bernd Reinhardt, shared the work of his friend, Michael Jang, with me recently. Bernd is inspired not only by his photographs, but by his philosphies and approach to his image making and I have to agree with that assessment. Michael is not your typical photographer.

Punk Rock, DIY Access and Secret Success: The Photography of Michael Jang

NSFW: Some images in this gallery contain explicit content. Michael Jang’s portfolio is an eclectic mixture of gripping moments, shot with skill and attitude. Luminaries such as David Bowie, Johnny Rotten and Richard Pryor are caught with their guard down

Michael Jang’s portfolio is an eclectic mixture of gripping moments, shot with skill and attitude. Luminaries such as David Bowie, Johnny Rotten and Richard Pryor are caught with their guard down. Frenetic explosions are fixed in time: Penelope Houston of the Avengers whipping her hair; Fritz Fox of The Mutants collapsed on stage (above); the body of San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk being wheeled out of City Hall.