"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documentary point of view - with the passage of time his distinctly imaginative photographs have also acquired value as historical documents.
The negatives for the images in this book, only recently rediscovered, had originally been archived for printing but Trager began other projects before any prints were made.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 in 1980 by Wesleyan University Press, 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." (publisher's note)
"Trager has definitely taken New York, twice." (Stephen C. Pinson)
About the photographer (*1935 in Bridgeport, Connecticut):
"Philip Trager is one of the foremost photographers of architecture and dance. His distinctly personal portraits of buildings are regarded as landmarks in architectural photography. His expressionistic photographs of dancers in outdoor settings have expanded the genre of dance photography. Twelve monographs of his photographs have been published. His most recent books are New York in the 1970's and Photographing Ina, published by Steidl, which has also published Philip Trager, a retrospective book, and Faces. Four of Trager's books have been selected for inclusion in the annual Holiday Books issue of The New York Times Book Review. His books have 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. The Library of Congress is acquiring his definitive archive as part of its core collections.
Trager's work is included in numerous museum, corporate and private collections including The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Center for Creative Photography, The Phillips Collection, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, Estee Lauder, Equitable, Bank of America and many others. Trager’s photographs have been exhibited worldwide in museums and galleries." (all content copyright ©1972-2016 Philip Trager)
About the author, Stephen C. PNson:
He's curator in the epartment of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, former Robert B. Menschel Curator of Photography and the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach assistant Director for Arts, Prints and Photographs at the New York Public Library (2005-2015).
Among his publications are 'Speculating Daguerre (University of Chicago Press, 2012) and 'Eminent Domain. Contemporary Photography and the City (New York City Library, 2008).
"New York in den 1970ern ist ein Buch für Städter, besser: Großstädter. Der Blick auf die Wolkenkratzer von oben und von unten, die Licht- und Schattenfugen, die Bilder durchschneiden, sind beeindruckend.
Dazu ein Blick in das städtische Treiben New Yorks vor über 40 Jahren - zumeist ohne Menschenmassen, ohne die ich mit New York heute nicht vorzustellen vermag.
'New York in the 1970s' ist ein Buch für Liebhaber der Architekturfotografie; die im Band 'New York in the 1970s' gezeigten Bilder wurden zur gleichen Zeit gemacht wie die aus Philip TRAGER's epochalem Band 'Philip Trager: New York' ,der bereits 1980 erschien.
Ein klassisches Buch ohne Schnörkel, super gedruckt!" (© Richard G. SPORLEDER)