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Philip Trager: New York in the 1970s
Text by Stephen C. Pinson.
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documentary point of view-with the passage of time his distinctly imaginative photographs have also acquired value as historical documents. The negatives for the images in this book, only recently rediscovered, had originally been archived for printing but Trager began other projects before any prints were made. The photographs in New York in the 1970s were taken at the same time as Trager's timeless Philip Trager: New York, published by Wesleyan University Press in 1980, in which the photographer depicts the city "as a solitary figure, always aware of the 'enveloping sky.'" New York in the 1970s reveals Trager's more concentrated attention to the interaction between the city's architecture and the dynamics of the street.
Featured image is reproduced from Philip Trager: New York in the 1970s.
PRAISE AND REVIEWS
Newly rediscovered photographs by Philip Trager are brought together in this new monograph to reveal a majestic city, shot in black-and-white.
L’oeil de la Photographie
Stephen C. Pinson
Trager’s images present the architecture of Manhattan with time-defiant clarity and beauty.
Real Clear Life
[Trager] presents Manhattan in a way that’s nearly devoid of all life, yet also luminous and dream-like, shattering the conceptions of the city during that low point.
Washington Life Magazine
Whether he is capturing New York City skyscrapers, modern dancers or his wife, Connecticut-based fine art photographer Philip Trager majestically captures what inspires him.
New York Journal of Books
Trager documented a city that to a certain degree no longer exists. It is a paean to the past...a nostalgic photographic revelation of the city as it was, and the magnificence it still possesses.
Philip Trager celebrates the dramatic dignity and spirit of the city during one of its most troubled eras.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/28/2017
Hard to believe this was Times Square. Reproduced from Philip Trager: New York in the 1970s, this photograph was taken from 7th Avenue between West 46th and 47th Streets, back when the Follies Burlesque theater was still in business, Canon was selling 35mm film canisters like hotcakes, and The Wiz was racking up Tony Awards on Broadway. In his essay, Stephen C. Pinson recalls the relatively new TKTS pavilion in this photo, "its orbit populated with drug dealers and pimps…. In the summer of 1977, after Phil begins his project in earnest, a citywide blackout results in widespread looting, arson and more than 3,500 arrests. The city still reels from the Son of Sam murders. This is New York in the 1970s, and Phil and [his wife] Ina are on its streets." continue to blog
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