by T. M. Rago
TWENTY TWENTY: photographs and poems is a wonderful book presenting twenty photographs taken by T. M. Rago between 1954 and 1965, then challenged and illuminated by twenty poems written about forty years later. The synergy is extraordinary, melding the universal language of the photograph’s visual image with the rhythm and nuanced meanings of the poem. Yet each image, visual and verbal, maintains its integrity with a universal meaning.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
T. M. Rago, who now lives in Trenton, New Jersey, earned a bachelor of science in photography and education at the Institute of Design, IIT, Chicago, and a master of arts in art history at Arizona State University. He taught photography and art education in the Art Department at ASU and spent a year in Ulm, Germany, on a Fulbright Scholarship in photography to the Hochschule Fur Gestaltung. He served as chief of the Arts and Crafts Program in Recreation for the U.S. Army, Europe. He has had photographs published in Switzerland, Germany, and Italy, and poems published in Princeton Arts Review, Kelsey Review, and elsewhere.
T. M. Rago was the photographer for all the color plates in the recently published Collector’s Guide to Trenton Potteries, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
(2004, paperback, 48 pages)