Faces evolved from Philip Trager's extensive work photographing dancers and builds on his successful 1992 book Dancers. Trager has collaborated with a variety of dancers and performance artists, including Kazuo Ohno, Amanda Miller of The Frankfurt Ballet, Mark Morris, Eiko and Koma, and dancers of the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perrault. Trager's intensive approach allows him to develop a personal relationship with his subjects that is clearly expressed throughout this new work. The photographs in Faces--isolated from dance movement--present an innovative kind of portraiture. Creating a kind of psychological theater, these startling and mysterious images are intensely emotional, provocative and stunningly beautiful. Trager's photographs compel us to rethink the field of dance photography.
Philip Trager was born in 1935 in Connecticut. He is a preeminent photographer of dance and architecture. His photographs of contemporary dancers and performance artists have expanded the genre of dance photography. His Villas of Palladio has become a standard document for architects and architectural and art historians. Trageris books have received great critical acclaim and his photographs have been exhibited extensively in museums and galleries worldwide and are held in numerous collections.