Nathan Harger
American, born 1976

Fascinated by the history of industry in America, Nathan Harger takes austere, elegant color and black-and-white photographs of urban and industrial scenes. He approaches each site he visits—in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio—with open curiosity, allowing vistas and details to unfold before his lens. In his words, “I’m not actually looking for anything specific; there’s no predetermined idea in my mind. I walk around these industrial sites until I find the shapes and structures that are rich in lines and geometric forms.” He presents his photographs in gridded arrangements recalling the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher, and as large-scale, individual images. Harger’s high-contrast black-and-white prints merge photography and drawing. In these images, a tangle of telephone wires or the repeating, angular roofs of factory buildings are dematerialized, appearing as black lines …

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