Charles A. Hartman Fine Art is pleased to present Nudes, the latest body of work by Portland-based photographer Jason Langer. Taking the most frequently represented subject in artistic works, Langer’s lens presents the female body in contexts that pivot from a photo essay of erotica, to a collection of snapshots found in a voyeur’s diary, to a candid moment summoned from a lover’s memory. In each instance, Langer casually confronts the viewer with private, poetic moments of physical intimacy.
After studying at the University of Oregon, Langer had the extraordinary opportunity to work as the assistant to Michael Kenna for five years, one of his favorite photographers and earliest influences. In the fifteen years since, Langer has exhibited his work extensively across the United States, as well as in Berlin and London. The universal appeal of his photographs is well reflected in the diversity of its collectors – from Rutgers University, to Gap and Banana Republic, to Sirs Elton John and Mick Jagger. In addition to reviews in The New Yorker and Artweek, Langer has been profiled in American Photo, Popular Photography, Bomb and Vanity Fair, amongst others. Nazraeli Press published the first monograph of the artist’s work, Secret City, in 2006, with an introduction by Michael Kenna.