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The monograph, PHILIP TRAGER, presents a complete overview of one of the most important photographers of architecture and dance of the twentieth century. It chronicles forty years of work from his books and unpublished photographs from a wide range of sources.
Published by Steidl (in collaboration with the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, and the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College), PHILIP TRAGER contains 312 pages, 156 tritone plates, and 50 illustrations. The foreword is by Jeremy Adamson, Chief of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, and the introduction is by curators Stephanie Wiles and Clare Rogan. Essays by Barbara L. Michaels, Norton Owen, Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, John Wood, and an interview by Stephanie Wiles, explore the photographer’s career. Choreographer Eiko Otake vividly writes about the collaboration between dancer and photographer.
An early review of the book in Black & White Magazine stated, “Trager is a master of form . . . the viewer is transported into the third dimension . . . images full of dramatic chiaroscuro.”
To coincide with the book’s release, there will be a series of retrospective exhibitions over the next few years. Trager’s work will be exhibited at John Stevenson Gallery in New York (November 26 – January 13, 2007) and Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College in Ohio in 2007. In 2008 there will be a major exhibition at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Additionally, the Library of Congress eventually will house Trager’s archive -- including his negatives, contact sheets, annotated proofs, correspondence, limited editions, posters, and more -- and a comprehensive collection of over five hundred printed photographs in gelatin silver, plus platinum and iris prints, representing his entire oeuvre.
B&W Magazine, October, 2006
"Trager is a master of form...the viewer is transported...into the third dimension....images...full of dramatic chiaroscuro." -Shawn O'Sullivan
This overview of the photographs of Philip Trager offers readers full access to one of the twentieth century’s most important photographers of architecture and dance, combining work from his previous monographs with unpublished photographs from a wide range of projects. His distinctly personal images of buildings are regarded as landmark works in architectural photography and have become standard documents for architectural and art historians, as well as architects. His expressionistic photographs of dancers in outdoor settings capture the essence of the work of many of the best contemporary choreographers and have reinvigorated the field of dance photography. Trager’s existing books, are known for encapsulating the spirit of their subject matter within the first few luminous and compelling pages; they include Philip Trager: New York, The Villas of Palladio, Changing Paris, and Dancers. For this chronicle of Trager’s entire career, essays by distinguished specialists preface each major theme. Includes an extensive interview with the artist, an illustrated section of selected projects and commissions, and a chronology and bibliography.