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Echoes of Silence: Philip Trager, Early Photographs, 1967-83


October 12th, 2012 - February 17th, 2013

Program Locations:

Rayner Special Collections Wing

Enjoy the quietly relentless formal beauty of Philip Trager’s early photography in this free exhibition. Trager is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost photographers of architecture and dance of the 20th century. The exhibition Echoes of Silence: Philip Trager, Early Photographs, 1967–83, includes seldomly seen landscape studies; celebrated architectural studies shot in Connecticut and New York City in the 1970s; portraits of Trager’s wife, Ina; and several selections from an unfinished commission documenting the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. The exhibition features more than 20 photographs by Trager that have never been published or exhibited previously, and many of the New York photographs have not been on display in New York City for 30 years. All works in the exhibition are from the Photography Collection of The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints, and Photographs.

Echoes of Silence: Philip Trager, Early Photographs, 1967–83, is on view October 12, 2012–February 17, 2013, in the Prints and Stokes galleries located on the third floor of The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Admission is free.


This exhibition has been made possible by the continuing generosity of Miriam and Ira D. Wallach.

Support for The New York Public Library’s Exhibitions Program has been provided by Celeste Bartos, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos Exhibitions Fund, and Jonathan Altman.