Philip Trager: New York in the 1970s
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. Tragers 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documentary point of view?with the passage of time his distinctly imaginative photographs have also acquired value as historical documents. The negatives for the images in this book, only recently rediscovered, had originally been archived for printing but Trager began other projects before any prints were made.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 Tragers 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 Tragers more concentrated attention to the interaction between the citys architecture and the dynamics of the street.