New York City - Daniel Cooney Fine Art is proud to present an exhibition of vintage color photographs from 1980 – 1982 by Charles H. Traub (b. 1945). This series, early color work of the photographer, began with an ad that was placed in a local paper calling for nude models. Those who responded, mostly women, did so with a variety of motives, from the need for money to exhibitionism. Traub was interested in making images that were not typical of the stylized photographic female nudes of the time. His models reveal a variety of emotions and project as many attitudes. On exhibition November 16 – January 6, 2007.
Carol Squires expresses her view in a 1984 issue of Vanity Fair:
" Sexuality, profit and aesthetics are the major ingredients of almost every photograph of a nude woman. Charles Traub disrupts that holy triad with his nude and seminude female figure studies. His models arrive via the ads he places in the “adult entertainment” section of a local paper, and, other fantasies aside, his pictures are about the way these average, mainly white women undress in front of a stranger with a camera. Directed only to disrobe and sometimes to stop in mid-motion, the women are variously forthright, awkward, and self-protective, struggling to act natural in a situation that is supremely artificial. Traub manages visually to dissect the myth of the sexually photogenic woman in pictures of naked ladies that are disconcerting, embarrassing and absolutely riveting."
Charles H. Traub received his Master’s Degree at the Institute of Design in Chicago, studying with Aaron Siskind and Garry Winogrand among others. During 1971 to 1978 he developed and chaired the Department of Photography and founded its museum of contemporary photography at Columbia College in Chicago. In 1978 he moved to New York City and became Director of the Light Gallery. For the past 18 years Traub has been Chair of the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media department at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Throughout all this time he has continued working as a photographic artist.