Charles Traub New book launched - NO PERFECT HEROES: PHOTOGRAPHING GRANT


by Charles H. Traub | Foreword by Ulysses Grant Dietz | Preface by Fred Ritchin | Audio by Edoardo Ballerini

One hundred and fifty years after the death of Ulysses S. Grant history has begun to vindicate this great, yet often maligned, general. A humble man of striking insight, Grant is finally appreciated for the steadfast leader and visionary President that he was.

This iBook is a contemporary photographic tribute, by Charles H. Traub, to Ulysses S. Grant’s legacy and his immeasurable role in saving the Union. The issues confronted by Grant, in his deeds and writings, offer fresh insight for a country still divided politically.

Charles H. Traub’s compelling and haunting photographs capture, metaphorically, the essence of those places made great by Grant’s indomitable spirit. Traub traveled throughout the United States photographing the major sites, homesteads and memorials marked by Grant’s life—from his childhood in Ohio to Grant’s final days in New York. INTERLOCUTORPRESS is pleased to release this iBook, that allows a unique personal experience for the viewer- a responsive exchange between image and text. The experience is heightened by the voice of the talented Edoardo Ballerini, who brings Grant alive, reading excerpts from his Personal Memoirs. Grant’s writings are considered one of the great pieces of American non-fiction literature. No Perfect Heroes is a singular synergism of art, history, image, sound and interactivity offering a sensory experience into a remarkable man’s story.

Charles H. Traub has been a photographer for almost 50 years; his work is widely exhibited internationally. He is founder and chair of the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts, and is the president of the Aaron Siskind Foundation. Traub has published numerous books, including Beach (1977), Italy Observed (1988), Still Life in America (2004), Dolce Via: Italy in the 1980s (2014), and Lunchtime (2015).

Ulysses Grant Dietz is the great-great grandson of President Grant. For more than thirty years he has been the senior curator of the Newark Museum in New Jersey. He is a prolific fiction author, and the creator of the book series Desmond, which expanded the canon of vampire literature. Dietz has been tireless in his contribution to the correcting of the Ulysses S. Grant legacy.

Fred Ritchin is dean of the International Center of Photography School. He was a professor at New York University, and co-director of the NYU/Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights educational program. Ritchin co-founded PixelPress in 1999, and collaborated with humanitarian organizations such as UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, Crimes of War, and the Rwanda Project.

Edoardo Ballerini is an award-winning actor, writer, and director, and an acclaimed reader of audiobooks. He appears on stage and screen, including performances in Dinner Rush, The Sopranos, and Boardwalk Empire.

iBook Details: 138 pages , 102 photographs, 38 voice readings, iBook, ISBN: 978-0-9973030-0-1

RELEASE DATE: April 27, 2016 | PRICE: $11.99 US / £ 8.36 UK / € 10.77 EU

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