Paint the Town: Q&A With Philip Trager

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Mariella, Alex, Michael, Philip,  Ina, and Julie Trager (Photo by  Michael Domingo)

Mariella, Alex, Michael, Philip, Ina, and Julie Trager (Photo by Michael Domingo)

You are best known for your photography of architecture, which is static, and of dance, which is all about movement. How did you become interested in such contrasting subjects?

I photographed architecture for over 20 years before becoming interested in dance. Although they are contrasting subjects, there is some commonality in that I have used natural light for both and placed the dancers outdoors in the landscape. At times, a photograph of a building can give a feeling of movement as well as stillness. A photograph of dance can convey stillness but inherent in the stillness there can be tension that gives a sense of movement.

What is your favorite D.C. landmark to photograph?
If I were to explore Washington with an eye to making photographs, I would be intereste

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