24.02.2011  •  Art NEWS


The darkroom was safer than the tent - the early work of American photographer Charles H. Traub the monograph and exhibition at Gitterman, New York

Traub studied with Art Sinsabaugh as an undergrad at the University of Illinois. Upon graduating, he joined the Peace Corps but an injury forced him to return home to Kentucky. It was a pain at the time, but only temporarily.

After all, it was in Kentucky that he met Ralph Eugene Meatyard, the most important creative photographer in Kentucky at the time. An eccentric with a love of the dark and macabre. And a great inspiration for photography. The Glitterman Gallery now presents a series of his early works. And his fourth monograph.

The black/white series was shot in the late 60s and early 70s. Traub studied primarily with Aaron Siskind, who became a mentor and lifelong friend.

Traub describes this time in the introduction to his book: "When these pictures were made, I was still in my salad days. A “yout!” An admirer! A wannabe! I was looking for me. Hip lifestyles, pseudo spiritualism and pot euphoria teased maturity. Nature was the supposed alternative to the material pursuits and the junk yard of suburbia, but from my service experience I knew all too well the vicissitudes of its wrath. The darkroom was safer than the tent.”

After graduating in 1971, Traub made three well known series of vignetted black and white images in Chicago: Beach, Street and Parties. In 1976 Traub began his first major body of work in colour, Street Portraits, which he continued after moving to New York City in 1978. For the past 35 years, he has worked exclusively in colour and was an early proponent of digital imagery.

Charles H. Traub
Until the 23rd of April 2011
Wed – Sat, 11am – 6pm

Glitterman Gallery
170 East 75th Street
New York

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