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.