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Trager images to highlight museum's photo show

Published 6:38 pm, Thursday, April 4, 2013

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  • Philip Trager's "Pont Mirabeau (Mirabeau Bridge)" was shot in 1995. The ornate bridge spans the Seine River in Paris. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed Photo/Philip Trager / Fairfield Citizen contributed
    Philip Trager's "Pont Mirabeau (Mirabeau Bridge)" was shot in 1995. The ornate bridge spans the Seine River in Paris. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed Photo/Philip Trager

 

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An exhibit of images by renowned architecture and dance photographer Philip Trager will highlight Images 2013, the Fairfield Museum and History Center's fifth annual celebration of photography in May.

The show also will feature a juried exhibit of work by 40 amateur and professional photographers from Connecticut and its border states -- New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Images 2013 opens with a gala preview party on Thursday evening, May 2, followed by the public opening on Friday, May 3.

The Trager exhibit will include some images that have never before been shown.

A Connecticut native, Trager has been taking pictures for more than 45 years. He traveled to all of the state's 169 cities and towns over a two-year period photographing buildings. Some of his work now serves as historic documentation of Connecticut architecture in the 1970s.

Later in his career, Trager turned his lenses toward dancers in outdoor settings with natural light.

His expressionistic photographs have expanded the genre of dance photography worldwide. Settings in Connecticut for his work include the campus of Fairfield University, the beach at Sherwood Island State Park and the reservoir in Easton.

"We feel extremely privileged that Philip Trager is going to be our signature photographer for Images 2013," Mike Jehle, the museum's executive director, said in a news release. "Philip is internationally renowned for his brilliant work and he will be loaning the museum several works that have never before been on exhibition."

Trager's photographs are included in museums and galleries around the world, including the Bibliotheque Nationale, Center for Creative Photography, Museum of the City of New York, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as in private collections.

His life's work and entire archive are being donated to the Library of Congress.

Ten monographs of Trager's photographs have been published. His most recent books are "Phillip Trager," a retrospective book, and "Faces," both published by Steidl. Four of his books have been chosen for the annual best books selection of the New York Times' Annual Review of Books.

In the juried show, two grand prizes will be awarded, one in the professional/serious amateur category and one from the student category.

The professional/serious amateur winner will get a 10-day exhibition at Southport Galleries.

The student winner will receive a professional portfolio review by one of the judges.

Tickets to the May 2 Images Gala are available online at www.fairfieldhistory.org/images2013.