Early work from MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department Chair Charles H. Traub is being presented in “Object of My Creation: Photographs 1967-1970” at Gitterman Gallery, 170 East 75th Street, February 17 – April 23. The show collects photographs from Traub’s time in college and graduate school and during key mentorships with Ralph Eugene Meatyard and Aaron Siskind. “When these pictures were made, I was still in my salad days,” says Traub. “Nature was the supposed alternative to the material pursuits and the junkyard of suburbia, but from my service experience I knew all too well the vicissitudes of its wrath. The darkroom was safer than the tent.”
In conjunction with the exhibition, Gitterman Gallery is publishing a monograph of the work, Object of My Creation, which Traub will be signing at an opening reception on Wednesday, February 16, 6 – 8pm. The following weekend, he will also be giving a free lecture entitled Still Life in America at B&H Photo, 420 Ninth Avenue, on Sunday, February 20, 1pm; admission is free, but seating is limited and reservations are recommended.
Image: Charles H. Traub, Illinois, 1969. Copyright Charles H. Traub, courtesy Gitterman Gallery.