This photograph by Jason Lazarus is drawn from the ongoing series 2004-present, in which Lazarus utilizes the conceptual self-portrait as a mode of personal and cultural investigation. Whether personally, politically, or culturally oriented, the photographic works are consistently tied back to the artist’s insistence on using contemporary photography as a conceptual parameter with which to investigate. The sometimes visually disparate results beckon the viewer to actively navigate the place where, conceptually, the images coalesce. This place is not only filled with the personal and the public, but an uncertainty that seeks to empathize with an audience in the predicament of the same shared world.

Jason Lazarus (b.1975) received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College in 2003 and has actively exhibited around the country and abroad while teaching photography part-time at Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Notable honors include an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship award, 2009; the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award, Emerging Artist, 2008; and the Emerging Artist Artadia Grant in 2006. Jason’s work can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, and the Bank of America LaSalle Photography collection among many others. He is represented by the Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.