Philip Trager is one of the foremost photographers of architecture and dance. His distinctly personal portraits of buildings are regarded as landmarks in architectural photography. His expressionistic photographs of dancers in outdoor settings have expanded the genre of dance photography.
Thirteen monographs of his photographs have been published. His most recent books are Birdsong, published by Laru, and New York in the 1970s and Photographing Ina, published by Steidl, which has also published Philip Trager, a retrospective book, and Faces.
Four of Trager's books have been selected for inclusion in the annual Holiday Books issue of The New York Times Book Review. 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The Library of Congress has acquired his published and unpublished photographs and is acquiring his definitive archive as part of its core collections.
Trager's work is included in numerous museum, corporate and private collections including The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Center for Creative Photography, The Phillips Collection, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, Estee Lauder, Equitable, Bank of America and many others. Trager’s photographs have been exhibited worldwide in museums and galleries.