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World-Renowned Fairfield Photographer To Unveil Exhibit At Pequot Library

Pequot Library of Fairfield will open an exhibition of works by world renowned Fairfield photographer Philip Trager on Sept. 25. Photo Credit: Pequot Library
This work by world renowned Fairfield photographer Philip Trager will be featured in a new exhibition at Pequot Library in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Pequot Library

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Fairfield residents will have a rare chance to meet Philip Trager, a world-renowned photographer, and check out his work during the kick-off event of the Pequot Library’s Meet the Author series this weekend.

Trager is celebrated for capturing a number of subjects, most notably architecture and dance. His photographs are held in private, corporate and institutional collections, including in the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Trager has published 12 books, including his two upcoming works, "New York in the 1970s," and "Photographing Ina," an anthology of photographs of his wife. 

It is these last two books that Trager will share and discuss at Pequot Library on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 4 to 6: p.m. 

Participants will have the rare opportunity to view his photography exhibit, "Luminous Photography," in the Pequot Library’s Auditorium, while Trager is there. His 30- to 40-minute author talk will include a time for Q & A, plus book sales, signing, and the opening reception for his photography exhibition. The Meet the Author event plus the exhibition are free and all are welcome.

"Luminous Photography" will be on view during regular library hours from Sept. 25 through Oct. 23. 

Through his previous books such as "The Villas of Palladio" (1986), he established the standard for architectural photography. In his book, "Dancers" (1992), he captures the natural movements of his expressive subjects. 

The luminous and compelling photographs in New York in the 1970s capture the essence of a city in a way best described as “place portraiture.” Trager’s images present the architecture of Manhattan with time-defiant clarity and beauty. Although Trager selected his subjects for aesthetic and visual reasons—rather than from an historical or documentary point of view—with the passage of time his distinctly imaginative photographs have also acquired value as historical documents. 

The negatives for the images in this book, only recently rediscovered, had originally been archived for printing but Trager began other projects before any prints were made. 

Trager was born in Connecticut in 1935. Active as a photographer for 50 years, his distinctly personal photographs of buildings are regarded as landmarks in architectural photography. His expressionistic photographs of dancers in outdoor settings have expanded the genre of dance photography. 

For information, call 203-259-0346 ext. 15. The Pequot Library is located at 720 Pequot Ave. in Southport.

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