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Daniel Traub is a Philadelphia-based photographer and filmmaker. His work has employed photography, video and found images to investigate environments that are in some form of transition or crisis. These have included border regions, urban peripheries and communities on the margins in various locations including China, the United States and the West Bank.

His photographs have been exhibited 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 and private collections, such as the Margulies Collection at the WAREhOUSE, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His work has also appeared in publications including Aperture, European Photography and The New York Times Magazine. He has published two monographs with Kehrer Verlag: North Philadelphia (2014) and Little North Road (2015).

As a filmmaker, Traub has directed several documentaries about artists including 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 the Barefoot Artist about his mother Lily Yeh and her collaborative artworks in marginalized communities. Additionally, he has been the cinematographer for numerous documentaries for independent producers and broadcast networks including PBS, German Television ZDF and Arte. His film work can be viewed at

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Press:


Lisa Movius, "Images of African Community Challenge Racism in China," The Art Newspaper, June 14, 2017.

Jean Loh, "Finding Vernacular Photography inside the Chocolate City,” L’Oeil De La Photographie, June 21, 2017.

Brice Pedroletti, “Le “rêve chinois” des Africains de Canton,” M - Le magazine du Monde, January 6, 2016.

Pauline Eiferman, "On the Bridge: Q&A with Daniel Traub,” Roads and Kingdoms, February 24, 2016.

Matt Schiavenza, "Inside Guangzhou's 'Little North Road' — Where China and Africa Intersect,” Asia Blog (Asia Society), April 5, 2016.

Mia Diehl, "The Global Economy on Little North Road,” Fortune, June, 2016.

F-Stop Magazine, "Book Review: Little North Road by Daniel Traub," Hans Durrer, August 1, 2016. 

Jason Hanna, “Faces, Places in North Philadelphia,” CNN, February 12, 2015.

Michael Lieberman, "Daniel Traub's Little North Road,” Artblog, October 30, 2015.

Alexis Stephens, “Photographer Turns His Lens to Faces, Spaces of North Philadelphia,” Next City, October 1, 2014.

Adam Bell, “North Philadelphia,” Photoeye, November 17, 2014.

Kathleen Vaccaro, “Daniel Traub’s ‘Lots’ at the Print Center: A Fresh Look at Philadelphia,” The Artblog, January 14, 2011.

Jonathan M. Stein, “Arresting Photography at Print Center and Gallery 339,” Broad Street Review, January 15, 2011. 

Cliff Shapiro, “Daniel Traub – Lots,” Photo-eye, November 29, 2011. 

Scott Rothstein, “Daniel Traub,” Escape into Life, July 2, 2010.