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Daniel Traub is a visual artist, photographer and filmmaker.

His photographic work looks at the ways in which historical and geopolitical strains and divisions manifest themselves in the urban 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, a body of work which looks at the largely African American section of Philadelphia. 

Traub has produced two monographs published by Kehrer Verlag: North Philadelphia and Little North Road. Currently, together with editor Robert Pledge, he is compiling a book of his photographs made in China where he lived and worked from 1998-2007.

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.

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.

Additionally, both as a photographer and filmmaker, Traub has been entrusted with commissions from major publications, media organizations and institutions. As a photographer, these have included Time, Newsweek, New York Times Magazine and M, le magazine du Monde. As a filmmaker and cinematographer, he has worked with networks including PBS, German Television ZDF, Arte; and, more recently, with various arts and cultural institutions.

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Born 1971, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Lives and works in Philadelphia and New York City
MFA, Photography, Video and Related Media, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, 1998
BA, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, 1994
Sight and Sound film production course, New York University, New York, NY, 1993
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1989–1991
Selected Solo Exhibition
In-East Institute, Duisberg, Germany, 2019
Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, 2015
Bluesky Gallery, Portland, OR, 2012
Print Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2010
Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2009
Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2008
Two & Three-Person Exhibitions
Yearbook, Philadelphia Photo Art Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2018
Here’s Looking at You!, Shanghai Center of Photography (SCoP), Shanghai, China, 2017
Retrieved, San Francisco Camerawork and Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco, CA, 2016
China in Transition: A Closer Look, FotoFest, Houston, TX, 2008
Suburban Developments, Belfast Exposed, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2007
Selected Group Exhibition
Overlook: Image Regime of Migration, Cubus Art Gallery, Duisberg, Germany
Something To Go After: WUTIANREN+, Zhengzhou, Henan Provence, China

New Grit: Art & Philly Now, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

China Imagined, Breda Photo Festival, Breda, Netherlands

Narrating Migration, Weltulturen Museum, Frankfurt, Germany

Simultaneous Eidos, Guangzhou Image Triennial, Guangzhou, China
Your Selfie Stick and You, Lianzhou Foto Festival, Lianzhou, China
Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook 2016 – Traveling Exhibition

Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook 2016 – Traveling Exhibition
Tête-à-Tête: Conversations in Photography, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
Looking Askance, GallerySKE and University of Chicago Delhi Center, New Delhi, India
Future Tense, UNM Art Museum/516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM
Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR  
CFEVA Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

A Discourse on Plants, RH Gallery, New York, NY
Photography from the Archive, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, FL

Documentary PIX: Philadelphia, A Century of Change, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Toward the Social Landscape, Lianzhou Foto Festival, Lianzhou, China
Across the Divide: Critical Mass 2010, Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA and New Space Center for Photography, Portland, OR

Chinescape, Times Museum, Guangzhou, China  
Vestiges, CFEVA Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Studio Theater Gallery, Middlesex County College, NJ

Photography Now: China, Japan, Korea, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Woodmere Triennial, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
24th Festival International de Mode et de Photographie à Hyères, Villa Noailles, Hyères, France
Seen in China, Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron, Myers School of Art
Introductions 09’, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA 
Next: Emerging Philadelphia Photographers, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA 
The Photo Review, Gallery 1401, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA

82nd Annual International Competition: Photography, Print Center, Philadelphia, PA         
New Faces of Photography: 2008 PDN30, New York, NY

Document/Portrait, M97 Gallery, Shanghai, China  
Migrations, Fotofestiwal 2007, Lodz, Poland
Sinocities, Shanghai Sculpture Garden, Shanghai, China
HHS Spring 07, Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, NY
HCP Fellowship Exhibition,Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
Among Us and Curious, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA 
Up and Now! Newspace Center for Photography, Portland OR
Twenty First Century, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

Annual, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO 
Twenty First Century, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

Urban Landscapes, Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Lianzhou, China
Border Crossing, Taipei Artist Village and Tainan University of the Arts, Taiwan
Simplified Characters, Shanghai High Noon Culture Centre, Shanghai, China

John Ehrenclou, Keith Miller, Daniel Traub, SVA MFA Photography & Related Media Thesis Exhibition, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY  

Ancestors, Asian American Arts Center and Kenkeleba Gallery, New York, NY
Selected Public Collections
Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, FL
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

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