Philip Trager: A Retrospective

February 16–August 5, 2007
John N. Stern Gallery

Philip Trager's luminous and compelling photographs—both of architecture and of dancers—reveal a distinctly personal approach to form and place. This exhibition of nearly 100 gelatin silver, platinum and Iris prints includes evocative images of New England in the 1960s and New York City in the 1970s, elegiac portraits of the villas of Palladio in the 1980s, and glimpses of the ever-changing face of Paris in the 1990s. Trager's architectural photographs capture the subtleties of our built environment with singular nuance and skill. They have become landmarks in architectural photography and standard documents for architectural and art historians as well as architects. Since the 1980s, Trager has collaborated extensively with contemporary dancers and choreographers to photograph the most evanescent of arts. His expressionistic images of dancers in outdoor settings capture the essence of many of the best contemporary choreographers and dancers. On view are photographs of John Kelly, the Mark Morris Dance Group, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane & Co., and many others.

This exhibition, organized by AMAM director Stephanie Wiles and Clare Rogan, curator of the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, is accompanied by the catalogue Philip Trager co-published by Steidl Publishing.

Philip Trager (b. 1935)
John J. Kelly, 1988
Gelatin silver print

Friday, February 16, 4:30 pm
John N. Stern Gallery

Photographer Philip Trager discusses his work in the exhibition Philip Trager: A Retrospective in the AMAM’s Stern Gallery, with a reception following.

Friday, February, 16, 5:00-7:00 pm, opening reception for the artist