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Birdsong : the gardens of Russell & Lauren Fuchs

Birdsong : the gardens of Russell & Lauren Fuchs / photographs by Philip Trager.
Trager, Philip, 1935-
Fairfield, Connecticut : Laru Associates, LLC, 2017.

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TextUse in library JQH 17-20Schwarzman Building - Art & Architecture Room 300


Additional Authors
Fuchs, Russell,
119 color plates, IX pages : chiefly color illustrations; 29 x 41 cm
Photographer Philip Trager trains his eye on a never-before-documented private garden as it metamorphoses over four seasons in a lavish new large-format book. While Trager's primary subject is the nature of photographic seeing--its contingencies and delights--in Birdsong he captures a personal garden of unusual variety and complexity. Beginning February 2016 and continuing to February 2017, Trager photographed Birdsong, the 18-acre garden belonging to the Fuchs family of Fairfield, Connecticut. Its creator, Russell Fuchs, is a passionate and self-trained gardening enthusiast. When the native New Yorker purchased the Fairfield property in 2001, he saved it from being carved into a half-dozen lots; and during his family's first fourteen years there he built a garden a year--sometimes in collaboration with a landscape designer, and sometimes not. Nowadays at Birdsong there is more to see than a visitor can take in on any one day, beginning with the flourish of the great lawn and grand allée and continuing through a bevy of gardens that includes such types as English, French, knot, bamboo, rock, rose, zinnia, conifer, wildflower, checkerboard, herb, and hosta. There is also an orchard, woodland, working farm, and a greenhouse where as many as 140 different vegetables are growing at any one time. "I've often photographed city life, architecture and dance," says Phil Trager. "But never a garden. So I was curious to see if I could bring my feelings and aesthetic to what was, for me, new territory. I think, in the end, I succeeded in making this garden my own." Fuchs notes that, "the project began because I'd been thinking of creating a record of our property for many years. I wanted a photographer to capture the scope, depth and detail that I perceive on a daily basis. After meeting Phil, it became clear to me that I wanted him to shoot Birdsong--and also that it was important that he approach it in his own way, not as documentaries."--Press release.
Alternative Title
Gardens of Russell & Lauren Fuchs
  • "Printed in an edition of 1,000."--Colophon.
Spring -- Summer --Autumn -- Winter -- Birdsong : a magical pursuit / Russell Fuchs.
Call Number
JQH 17-20
  • 0692893709
  • 9780692893708
Trager, Philip, 1935- photographer.
Birdsong : the gardens of Russell & Lauren Fuchs / photographs by Philip Trager.
Fairfield, Connecticut : Laru Associates, LLC, 2017.
Type of Content
still image
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Local Note
Gift of Philip Trager.
Added Author
Fuchs, Russell, contributor.
Research Call Number
JQH 17-20
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