November 8, 2017

“A World of Light” at Present Day Club

“THE BLUE MOSQUE”: This photograph, taken in Istanbul, Turkey, is included in “A World of Light: Photographs 2007-2017 by Richard Trenner,” a one-man retrospective show running through the end of the year at the Present Day Club in Princeton.

“A World of Light: Photographs 2007-2017 by Richard Trenner” is a one-man retrospective show running through the end of the year at the Present Day Club, 72 Stockton Street, at the corner of Library Place and Stockton Street (Route 206) in Princeton.

The show includes some 35 color and black-and-white photographs in various sizes and genres. While many of the photographs are of people and scenes from New Jersey, others range from the Maine coast to the Napa Valley and from Paris to Istanbul.

A longtime Princeton resident, Trenner is a writer, editor, and writing teacher as well as a photographer. He began making photographs when he was 12 years old. Several thousand photographs and many years later, he received formal recognition for his work when one of his photographs won Best in Show at the annual Focus on Sculpture juried competition at Grounds For Sculpture.

In the past decade, Trenner has had a dozen solo shows, been selected for some 30 juried competitions, won a number of awards, and had several of his photographs published in books. Today, his work is in some 60 private collections and a few institutional collections.

“As someone who loves to look at nature, people, and art,” Trenner said, “I’m drawn to objects and scenes that join natural with human-made elements.”

Trenner, who earned degrees in English from Princeton and Rutgers universities, has taught more than 250 writing workshops for universities and businesses. For nine years, he was a lecturer in Public and International Affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, where he conducted the Writing Center. At present, he is working as a writer and photographer for the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University, serving as the writing specialist at Far Hills Country Day School, and coaching adults and students in writing skills.

For show hours, call the Present Day Club at (609) 924-1014 or send an email to