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VICTOR SCHRAGER
[b. 1950] American photographer
Almost everything I do stems from the idea of still life. The gestalt of walking around hoping to bump into interesting subjects has never held much fascination for me. In essence, I feel that my practice is similar to entering an empty room with a musical instrument in it. If things work out, something special can happen. There can also be nothing. It is important for me to be in the same space with what I am photographing. The notion of correction is very central to how I work: making a picture, responding or not, correcting; trying to stop at the right point. - Victor Schrager - From the book: Photo-wisdom: Master Photographers On Their Art by Lewis Blackwell

My recent work is concerned with the essence of visual things, rather than the complexity of cultural and historical references. I am still committed to the view-camera and its plastic intimacy with the subjects in front of it. The transition from large-format film to large-file digital has not changed this. - Victor Schrager - From the book: Photo-wisdom: Master Photographers On Their Art by Lewis Blackwell

I generally enjoy commercial commissions. It is nice having subjects placed in front of me that I would not normally come up with myself. There is always visual investigation going on—I am often incubating more personal ideas for work, and field-testing them without anybody knowing... - Victor Schrager - From the book: Photo-wisdom: Master Photographers On Their Art by Lewis Blackwell

..Color seems to make a lattice of connectedness around the image; black and white is more about a compression and equalizing. - Victor Schrager - From the book: Photo-wisdom: Master Photographers On Their Art by Lewis Blackwell

My work ranges from 8x10 contact prints to much larger pigment prints. I try to suit the size of the print to the idea behind the image. - Victor Schrager - From the book: Photo-wisdom: Master Photographers On Their Art by Lewis Blackwell

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