The magazine of the photo-essay
November 2018 back issue
“A free, really high quality photo-essay magazine.  Fabulous!” Stephen Fry. British actor, writer and film maker
by Charles H Traub
“If you stay in one place long enough, everybody passes by. And, truth be known, everybody wants  to be photographed.”​ – Charles H. Traub    Between 1977 and 1980, photographer Charles H. Traub ventured onto the streets of Chicago,  New York, and various European cities to take photographs of their inhabitants at lunchtime.  Colorful and direct, animated and hesitant, the portraits were shot close to the subjects with a  Rolleiflex SL66, composed seemingly off-the-cuff, usually focusing on just their heads and  shoulders. The pictures celebrate the cheerfulness and whimsy of the individuals Traub  approached -- male and female, young and old.    Charles H. Traub: Lunchtime​ is the first comprehensive publication of these striking color  images, maintaining the cheerfulness and joy of the series which was exhibited in the early  1980s. The volume’s lively pairings drive us from one set of
quirks to the next, as we associate  one individual with another in a new narrative of the street.    “I started photographing the passing parade of the street, because I knew that if one asked,  people were delighted to be noticed, to be recognized, to be, if you will, preserved by the  camera’s witness,” explained Traub. “Today, these images are a remarkable record of who we  once were.”    Each subject reveals something of themselves to the camera: the woman who takes the  opportunity to pose in dignified profile or the one who purses her lips in an exaggerated pout,  even the somewhat more bashful subjects caught adjusting their glasses or blinking. If you look  closely, some famous faces reveal themselves -- many taken on 57th Street and Fifth Avenue in  New York City, “the center of the world” -- including William Holden, “though it was only after I  asked him to stop that I realized who he was”, and well-known photographers Lartigue and Mary  Ellen Mark.    “But, generally I avoided the celebrities and the famous. I even turned down Jacqueline Kennedy  Onassis, who once stopped to be photographed. She was the most famous woman in the  world!” said Traub.    He continued, “My intention was to draw attention to the distinct uniqueness of everyday  people. The power of photography for me is that it allows me to capture and savor the  anecdotes and drama of our humanness.”  
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