For more than 30 years Victor Schrager has been a master of still-life photography. Born in Maryland, Schrager grew up in New York City. He earned a BA at Harvard in 1972 and an MFA at Florida State University in 1975. Schrager's photographs explore how different modes of information, especially visual, literary, historical, and scientific, function to produce and communicate knowledge. The works for which he is best known are still lifes composed of layered images and texts—among them reproductions of paintings, maps, magazine pictures, pages from books, and photographic prints—in an investigation of how context structures the meaning of all representations. His work has been exhibited at galleries and museums around the world and is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among many others. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Schrager has been the principal photographer for three of Amy Goldman’s previous three books on vegetables and fruits. He lives in upstate New York.
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