Philip Trager – Photographing Ina
2007 - 2011
In Photographing Ina, Philip Trager, renowned for his black-and-white images, embraces color for the first time. These striking and intimate photographs reveal Trager’s sophisticated, complex use of color, presenting an unanticipated and layered reality. The images are as much about the act of photographing, perception, color and light, as they are about his subject, whose presence is a constant and unifying motif.
Trager photographed his wife Ina during only two distinct periods of time. This book comprises a selection of photographs from these very different bodies of work which comprise color photographs made between 2006 and 2011, after fifty years together, and black-and-white photographs made after twenty-five years together. These intimate, openly theatrical images — made in concentrated sessions rather than as an ongoing diary — embody an enduring love and shared passion for art.