Philip Trager At The New York Public Library Is The Daily Pic By Blake Gopnik

The Daily Pic: Photographs as four-square as the buildings they show.

(© Philip Trager 1977, courtesy NYPL)

An image of a house in Glastonbury, Conn., shot by Philip Trager in 1976, when he went around the state documenting its buildings. It’s part of a rare survey of Trager’s early works now at the New York Public Library, and selected from its collection. Trager is part of an important school of American photography that took a four-square, unfussy, documentary approach to its subjects. In Trager’s case, many of his New England buildings seem to have the same spirit of directness as the photos he takes of them.

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