In the summer of 1973, Jang, freshly graduated from art school, stayed with his relatives in California’s Bay Area. His camera was his constant companion at gatherings of his extended Chinese American family. “When I look back at the work, you see that they are not guarded,” Jang observed. “You have to live with people to get those kinds of shots.” These pictures, like so many family photos, ended up in a cardboard box in Jang’s home along with the work he made during his school years. Intimate documents of the artist’s community and culture, the photos would not be publicly exhibited until three decades later.
Gallery label from 2022