Active as a photographer for more than forty-five years, Philip Trager is one of the foremost photographers of architecture and dance. 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.
Ten monographs of his photographs have been published. His most recent books are Philip Trager, a retrospective book, and Faces, both published by Steidl.
Four of Trager's books have been chosen for the annual best books selection of The New York Times Annual Review of Books. His books have received various awards including Finalist for the Grand Prix Award of Les Recontres Internationales de la Photographie, Book of the Year of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and inclusion in the Best Books selections of Interview, Vanity Fair, The Times (London), New York Magazine, Los Angeles Times Book Review and others.
The Library of Congress is acquiring his definitive archive as part of its core collections.
Trager's work is included in numerous museum and private collections including the Bibliothèque Nationale, Center for Creative Photography, Museum of the City of New York, The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Trager’s photographs have been exhibited worldwide in museums and galleries.
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