IMAGES 2013, Fairfield Museum and History Center’s fifth annual juried photography exhibition, and a solo exhibition featuring internationally renowned photographer, Philip Trager, will both launch on Thursday evening, May 2nd with a gala preview party, followed by the public opening on Friday, May 3rd. The museum is located on 370 Beach St. in Fairfield www.fairfieldhistory.org for more information.
IMAGES, which has become a highly-regarded exhibition to celebrate the exceptional work of some 40 talented 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 distinguished judges. Submissions are being accepted through April 5 in the categories of Landscape, Portrait, Nature, Abstract and Architecture.
The museum feels extremely privileged that Philip Trager is going to be their signature photographer for IMAGES 2013. Trager 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 twentieth century. His distinctly personal photographs of buildings are regarded as landmarks in architectural photography. In fact, Trager travelled 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 1970’s.
Later in his career, Trager turned to the subject of dancers in outdoor settings with natural light. His expressionistic photographs have expanded the genre of dance photography worldwide. 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, 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 also 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.
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 www.fairfieldhistory.org.
Tickets to the May 2, 2013 Images Gala can be purchased online at www.fairfieldhistory.org/images2013.
About Fairfield Museum and History Center
Fairfield Museum and History Center is a community cultural and education center established in 2007 by the Fairfield Historical Society. The 13,000 square-foot museum presents engaging exhibition galleries, special collections, a genealogy library, a family education center, an 80-seat theater overlooking Fairfield’s Town Green and a delightful museum shop. The Fairfield Museum and History Center believes in the power of history to inspire the imagination, stimulate thought and transform society. Its mission is to connect people around the complex history of Fairfield and neighboring communities so that together we may shape a more informed future.
Located at 370 Beach Road in Fairfield, CT, the Museum is open seven days a week. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. Members of the Museum and children are free.