Portland, OR—Charles A. Hartman Fine Art is pleased to present Possession, the latest body of work by Portland-based photographer Jason Langer. Over the past two decades, Langer has established a reputation for his masterful black and white photography representing contemporary urban life. Evoking the lustrous style of the symbolist photographers, his carefully crafted images, rich with lush, black tones, exude an air of vintage, timeless mystery – “as much Hopper and Raymond Chandler as Steichen” (Bomb Magazine). Langer follows in the tradition of the flâneur-photographer. His images are, as he puts it, the product of “walking the streets alone as a stranger in a strange land.” To shadow Langer on his walks is to visit the haunts of amusement parks, lonely bars, nighttime streets and alleys, beautiful women and their chaperones, gardens, hotels, and supper clubs. Both the still life and the intimate figure study are frequent objects of his quiet gaze. Regardless of their subject, Langer's images return us to a place where what happens in front of the lens is unanticipated and distinctly photographic.
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 eighteen 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. A new book of the same title, recently published by Nazraeli Press, accompanies the exhibition and follows his sold out debut monograph, Secret City.