Gitterman Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of vintage black and white street
photographs from the 1970s by Charles H. Traub (b.1945). The exhibition is
concurrent with the release of the book Charles H. Traub (Gitterman Gallery, 2006)
which includes 40 pages, 33 images, and an essay by Marvin Heiferman. The opening
reception for the artist and book signing will be Thursday, September 21st
from 6 to 8 p.m.
Charles H. Traub once used a lens shade one size too small for his square-format
camera. The vignetting caused by the mistake emphasized the intimate perspective
of the photographers vision. The square format and proximity to his subjects charged
his images with an immediacy that celebrated the character of the times.
Marvin Heiferman in his essay, Whats Goin On, further explains Traubs
Photography gave Traub the freedom
to get close, really close to people
which, given the narcissism of the time, was an opportunity they mostly
welcomed. Making pictures was a way for him to punch up and elevate his
every day experience, and to capture the humor, friction, and sexiness of a
hyperactive and visual world characterized by the sheen of polyester, the
buzz of conflicting patterns, conspicuous displays of head and body hair, and
unexpected and beautiful interactions of shadows and light.
Charles H. Traub received his masters degree at the Institute of Design in Chicago
studying with Aaron Siskind, Garry Winogrand, and others. From 1971 to 1978, Traub
developed and chaired the Department of Photography at Columbia College in Chicago.
In 1978 he moved to New York City where he directed the prestigious Light Gallery.
For the past 18 years, while continuing to work as a photographer, Traub has been
chair of the MFA Photography, Video, and Related Media Department at the School of
Visual Arts in New York.
His work has been exhibited and collected by numerous institutions. Traub has
edited, co-edited, and written many books on photography, its history and critical
thought, most recently, Education of a Photographer, In the Still Life and In the Realm
of the Circuit.
For visuals or further information, please contact us at: 212 734 0868,
or view selections on our website at www.gittermangallery.com.
Please note: Charles H. Traub
will also have an exhibition at Daniel Cooney Fine Art
(511 West 25th Street, #506 New York, NY 10001) of his color photographs from the
1980s entitled Indecent Exposure, from November 16,
2006 January 6, 2007. For
more information please contact Daniel Cooney at: (212) 255-8158 or
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