For those who love gardening as much as they love photography, a lavish new publication is a true 'must have.'
In Birdsong, the acclaimed photographer Philip Trager trains his eye on an extraordinary garden
as it metamorphoses over four seasons. Trager's track record is impressive: four of his thirteen books have
been selected for the annual holiday issues of The New York Times Book Review. His books have been
named among the year's Best Books by Vanity Fair,
The Times of London and others.
This exquisite book illuminates the variety and complexity of one year in the life of Birdsong, an 18-acre
garden in Fairfield, Connecticut. Trager's vision captures the turbo-charged beauty of spring and also the
quiet moments that true gardeners savor—the fuchsia-colored hollyhock of summer, for instance, or the
row of burlap covered topiary in winter.
Never published before, the garden is the life's work of Russell Fuchs, a native New Yorker and self-
trained gardening enthusiast. Since 2001, Fuchs has orchestrated the creation of a compound of
dizzying variety and complexity, with a great lawn, grand allée, orchard, woodland, working farm, greenhouse, and
host of specialized gardens.
In the essay Fuchs contributes to Birdsong, he eloquently describes his total
immersion in gardening and the almost spiritual dimension he experiences from living so close to
perpetual growth and change.
Birdsong sets a new production standard for photography books on gardens. Beautifully designed
and issued in an edition of 1,000, the clothbound publication of 119 color plates has been published by Laru Associates.
Says Library Journal...
"... Trager has spent more than 40 years making photographs that transform our physical
world into moments of clarity and brightness unique to the medium...
His artistic efforts today constitute a historic value ‐ an important artistic product...Highly recommended..."
(Review, Philip Trager, Steidl, 2006)
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