Culture & Communication
Jason Langer’s Twenty Years pursues a solitary journey through the nocturnal streets and dimly lit rooms of a dream like world. Spanning 20 years of his career, this aptly titled book is the first survey of Langer’s work. Included are many previously unpublished images, surrealist experimentation and figure studies, as well as his singular investigation of the city of Berlin. Langer’s photographic language has been variously described as cinematic and poetic, haunting and romantic. Best known for his noir visions of contemporary urban life, Langer has photographed not only some of the world’s great cities, but intimate scenes as well, ranging from male and female nudes to inanimate objects captured in moments of lifelike feeling. Langer’s beautifully crafted images, rich with lush, black tones, strive to always capture the unanticipated or chance moment, layered with timeless drama and dynamism.
As Julia Dolan states in her essay, “Langer pushes us, through the beauty of well-crafted imagery, to tangle with the tension that builds between life and death, and between an artist and his medium.”
American photographer Jason Langer (b. 1967) is best known for his psychological and noirish visions of contemporary urban life. He began making photographs in 1980. He has published two monographs: Secret City and Possession through Nazraeli Press. Jason Langer: Twenty Years represents the first mid-career anthology of his work. His work has appeared in Harpers, Life, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time, and Vanity Fair, among others. In addition, Langer’s work can be found in the permanent collections of Rutgers University, Sir Elton John, Sir Mick Jagger, Yale University Art Gallery, and Zimmerli Art Museum. Langer is represented by Michael Shapiro (Westport, Connecticut), Michael Hoppen Gallery (London), Esther Woerdehoff (Paris), Charles A. Hartman, Fine Art (Portland, OR). Langer now lives with his family in Portland, Oregon.
John Hill is an independent public relations consultant based in Oakland, California. Hill serves a wide range of Bay Area artists and arts institutions working in music, dance, theater, and the literary and visual arts. Hill has degrees in literature from Yale and UC Berkeley, where he studied early modern European intellectual traditions.
Julia Dolan is the Minor White Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum. Dr. Dolan holds a B.F.A. in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art, an M.A. in Art History from Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in Art History from Boston University.
Michael Shapiro has been a fine art photography dealer since 1980. Michael Shapiro Photographs is based in Westport, Connecticut. Captions from left to right: Sunset 2, 2007, Bow, 1999, Beethoven, 1990, Alley, 1998
Hardbound with jacket
12.5 x 11.5 inches / 31.75 x 29.21 cm
172 pages / 100 duotone images