Department chair Charles H. Traub's new book "Taradiddle" featured in New York Times


In a recent article on The New York Times MFA Photo/Video Chair Charles H. Traub's new book "Taradddle" was highlighted and examined in a thoughful piece by writer Rena Silverman. The article and interview includes selections from the body of work. As Silverman notes:

"Photography seems like a truthful medium. Photographs are used for scientific and forensic evidence for their supposed truthfulness. Even Edgar Allan Poe thought daguerreotypes disclosed “a more absolute truth, a more perfect identity of aspect with the thing represented.”

Bronze Horseman, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2003

Bronze Horseman, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2003

Traub, himself, goes on to say of the work:


“A taradiddle is by definition a petty lie, a little falsehood or trifling told often to amuse or embellish a story,” he said. “As our world is full of them, seen and witnessed through advertising, P.R., propaganda, flirtations, staged events and presentations of all sorts, I simply came to the conclusion that even the straightest of photographs made in real-world witness was also such.”

Tavern on the Green, Central Park, NYC, 2006Credit

Tavern on the Green, Central Park, NYC, 2006Credit

Silverman goes on to assert:

"Mr. Traub’s taradiddles appear not just within the layers of his frame but in his careful combination of images afterward, a practice similar to that of Nathan Lyons, who thought bringing two photos together on a spread created an entirely different third meaning. Using scale, depth of field, and ironic pairings of subjects, Mr. Traub creates a whimsical world."

To take a closer look at the body of work, please click here.