We love Michael Jang’s work. We’ve seen his terrific family album and the riotous California Institute of Arts unofficial yearbook. Now we see Summer Weather, a series of 1983 portraits of wannabe weather presenters who replied to a San Francisco TV station’s advert seeking the new face of thunder, rain and occluded fronts. Jang’s job was to take pictures of the 100-plus budding TV stars. He tells American Photo Mag:
I found these strips in an envelope, all stuck together in one glassine! I put them up to the light, and there were all these heads. I had an inkling that they might be interesting, but I really had no idea. So I scanned some and then I asked 2 or 3 friends, even my kids, who are pretty visually sophisticated, ‘Is this stuff good?’ Everybody said: ‘Yes, it’s good!’ ‘Are you sure?’ ‘Yes Michael, we’re sure.’
The weather presenter job, in the end, wasn’t needed and none of Jang’s photos were even processed at the time.