Museum’s ‘Images 2013’ and Philip Trager exhibit opens May 2 

“Images 2013,” Fairfield Museum and History Center’s juried photography exhibition, and a solo exhibition featuring photographer Philip Trager will both launch on Thursday, May 2, with a gala preview party, followed by the public opening on Friday, May 3.

“Images,” which celebrates the work of some 40 photographers from New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, is being sponsored by The Bank of Fairfield, Southport Galleries, Moffly Media and Fairfield University.

One photographer from the professional/serious amateur category and one from the student category will be selected as a grand prize winner in the juried exhibition. The award for the professional/serious amateur winner is a 10-day exhibition at Southport Galleries. The student grand prize winner will receive a professional portfolio review with one of the judges. Submissions are being accepted through April 5 in the categories of landscape, portrait, nature, abstract and architecture.

“We feel extremely privileged that Philip Trager is going to be our signature photographer for ‘Images 2013,’” said Mike Jehle, executive director of the Fairfield Museum and History Center. “Philip is internationally renowned for his brilliant work and he will be loaning the Museum several works that have never before been on exhibition.”

Trager, who has been active as a photographer for more than 45 years, is a Connecticut native and one of the foremost photographers of architecture and dance of the 20th Century. He traveled to all 169 towns in Connecticut over a two year period to photograph architecture throughout the state. Some of his work now serves as historic documentation of Connecticut architecture in the 1970s.

“I photograph architecture from an aesthetic viewpoint,” Trager said. “I am attracted to it emotionally and viscerally.”

Later in his career, Trager turned to the subject of dancers in outdoor settings with natural light. Settings in Connecticut for his work include the campus of Fairfield University, Sherwood Island beach and the reservoir in Easton.

Ten monographs of Trager’s photographs have been published. His most recent books are Phillip Trager  and Faces. Four of his books have been chosen for the annual best books selection of The New York Times Annual Review of Books.

Trager’s photographs are included in museums and galleries around the world, including the Bibliotheque Nationale, Center for Creative Photography, Museum of the City of New York, The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as in private collections. Currently, his life’s work and entire archive are being donated to the Library of Congress.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Fairfield Museum will be offering programs, lectures and events. For more information about those programs, visit fairfieldhistory.org.

To purchase tickets to the Images gala, visit fairfieldhistory.org/images2013.

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