Dolce Via: Italy in the 1980s is the latest book from photographer and MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Chair Charles Traub. A frequent visitor to Italy throughout the 1980s, Traub brings an outsider’s eye to cities like Rome, Florence, Venice and Naples—from Roman monuments to teenagers prancing around town in bikinis. The resulting photographs are marked by a candid intimacy that combines humor and spontaneity. “You see our foibles, strip us bare, make
love through the camera, and then venerate us, ” said photographer Luigi Ghirri, Traub’s friend and guide throughout the country.
“Traub . . . presents an Italy that came two decades after Fellini. Yet both artists have portrayed a world that is in a continuum with that perceived by Lucretius back in the First Century B.C.—sensual and sad, bursting with color and pleasure, magnificent even in its melancholy. That is the eternal nature of Italy, the very nature of every thing,” writes Howard Chua-Eoan, former news director of TIME magazine, on Time.com.
Friday, April 18, 6:00pm, Traub will be at the ICP Store, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York City. He will also be signing copies of Dolce Via at Paris Photo Los Angeles, Paramount Pictures Studios, 5555 Melrose Avenue, at the DAP booth on Saturday, April 26, 3:00pm. Signed copies of Dolce Via are also available for purchase online.
Images: Venice, 1981, from Dolce Via, courtesy Charles Traub/Damiani; the book’s cover.