Daniel Traub, North Philadelphia Limited Edition Book
North Philadelphia signed edition book, 2008-2013. Hardcover, 24 x 30 cm, 120 pages, 52 color ills. Photography and essay by Daniel Traub, Publisher: Kehrer Verlag.
His photographic work looks at the ways in which historical and geopolitical strains and divisions manifest themselves in the landscape. His projects, often on the peripheries and interstices of cities, have brought him to sites throughout the world. Some of these include Little North Road, a document of the activities on a pedestrian bridge in the southern Chinese coastal metropolis of Guangzhou; Nablus, a study of the West Bank Palestinian town; and North Philadelphia, an investigation of the largely African American section of the city where he was born and raised. Currently, together with editor Robert Pledge, Traub is compiling a book of his photographs made in China where he lived and worked from 1998-2007.
Traub’s films, both short and feature-length documentaries, explore how societal and familial tensions impact the individual. These include Into Her Own, a biography of the artist Ursula von Rydingsvard; Xu Bing: Phoenix, which follows the creation of two monumental sculptures built from Beijing construction debris; and Barefoot Artist which follows the work of his mother Lily Yeh and her collaborative art projects in marginalized communities.
His photographs have been shown internationally, including exhibitions at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Slought Foundation in Philadelphia, the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt, Germany and the Shanghai Center for Photography (SCoP). His work can be found in public collections, such as the Margulies Collection at the WAREhOUSE, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has produced two monographs published by Kehrer Verlag: North Philadelphia (2014) and Little North Road (2015). His films have been shown at venues including Vancouver International Film Festival, Film Forum in NYC, Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).