Charles H. Traub

Charles H. Traub was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1945. Known for his ironic gaze and color photos, he was the founder of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago in 1976. In the late 80s, he launched the distinguished MFA Photo, Video and Related Media program at the School of Visual Arts in New York, in which he is still the chair. He has been represented by the Frumkin, Gitterman and Light Galleries in New York. He has more than 60 groups and solo exhibitions to his credit, and his works are part of private and museum collections around the world. Traub has had 17 of his books published. In 2020, he published with Lazy Dog Dolce Via Nova, a vivid look at eccentricities and character of Italian life in early 1980s.

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    The volume is a photographic testimony of the American urban fabric of the late 70’s. Charles H. Traub creates a series of portraits, depicting street tenants of Uptown Chicago and Bowery New York. 

    The author declares: «I wanted to see, to try to touch at least with my camera the experience of loss». The intent was not to satisfy a sort of voyeurism, but to witness the dignity and humanity of the homeless. They were very different from the contemporary ones; today they are no longer the result of individual destinies but of great social disparities. 

    A famous book by Nelson Algren, A Walk on the Wild Side, wondered «why lost people sometimes become greater human beings than those who have never been in their lives». Skid Row responds by highlighting a nobility that unites urban communities, even in the worst moments. 

    Unfortunately, this sensitivity, due to gentrification and indifference, is now systematically suppressed in favor of a transformation made by urban chic. 

    It is therefore even more necessary to recount these experiences, so as to recall the fundamental role of the “lost nobles” in the construction of the historical identity of a city. 

    Text by Tom Huhn
    Book design Bunker

    21 × 26 cm
    112 pages
    Hardcover
    English
    Isbn 978-88-98030-59-0
    First published June 2023

  •  54,00

    Early 1980s. From Milan to Marsala, Charles H. Traub composes an ironic and spontaneous portrait of an Italy that today we cannot say whether it really existed. The candid gaze of the American photographer immediately captures the idiosyncrasies of the Bel Paese: laziness, the unbearable and wonderful weight of history, the warm light of the countryside and the vivid light of the sea, the carefree and delightful life of the provinces. Bright blues, reds and yellows engulf the poses and gestures of strangers, transformed into affectionate archetypal caricatures, because Traub has in mind the work of another great master: Federico Fellini.

    On his travels in Italy, it is Luigi Ghirri who is his guide: the two do not speak the same language, but share a form of sincere curiosity for what surrounds them and the ability to observe reality with ever new eyes. So it was that in 2012 Traub recognised a lost magic in the photographs from thirty years earlier and decided to make a series out of them. Published for the first time in 2013, Dolce Via Nova renews the original sequence with a wide selection of previously unpublished photographs, edited by Giulia Zorzi and Francesco Ceccarelli, and transforms the book with a new design by Bunker. An essay by poet Luigi Ballerini and a dialogue with Gus Powell complete the work.

    Texts by Luigi Ballerini, Gus Powell
    Book design Bunker

    21 × 26 cm
    144 pages
    Hardback
    English
    Isbn 978-88-98030-49-1
    First published June 2022