Victor Schrager’s still life photographs are radiant and abstracted images where luminous planes of color interact with sharp descriptive edges. The tension between objective photographic description and the savoring of pure color and form that can transform everyday objects is inherent. In the tradition of classical still life painting, Schrager’s compositions are not content driven, but rather an increasingly pure and heroic presentation of simple subjects. The scale of the pictures and the soft focus of each image enables solid color fields to bounce off of and blend into one another, creating a palate of unexpected hues. In subtle reference to his still life influences, Schrager recently responded to the question of his subject matter with, “A book is an interesting form of a lemon.”
A Harvard graduate, Victor Schrager (b. 1950) is a recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Guggenheim Fellowship, and The MacDowell Colony Resident Fellowship. His work has been featured in numerous one person and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Japan over the past twenty years. His photographs are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Center for Creative Photography, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Polaroid International Collection, The International Center of Photography, The San Francisco Museum of Art, and various private collections.