Charles Traub

Alumni Miles Ladin featured in Swiss Magazine Aufbau

Writer, photographer, and MFA Photo/Video alum Miles Ladin was recently featured in Swiss-based Aufbau magazine. In Ladin's article, the artist chronicles his journey through the digital medium and further ruminates on the state of photography today. As Ladin states in his featured article "Medium in Crisis: Narcissist in the Pond":

"The monolithic intrusion of social media selfies upon the way we function and perceive reality is a result of a 20-year journey through a digital revolution."

© Miles Ladin

© Miles Ladin

cover image: © Miles Ladin

cover image: © Miles Ladin

Ladin goes on to cite his formative years at SVA's MFA Photo/Video program, saying:

"In 1991, I entered an MFA program at New York’s School of Visual Arts. The then recently-launched graduate program in Photography and Related Media was founded by Charles Traub, who had the foresight to make digital photography a signature focus. As an educator, Traub was ahead of the curve; the programs at Yale and RISD were at that point still solely film based. Photoshop had only just been released in 1990 and I was part of the first generation to take a course on the software. After the class, however, I promptly rejected digital. Unlike some of my fellow students, who used the floppy disk based Sony Mavica cameras as well as Photoshop, I was decidedly Luddite. At least for the moment."

© Miles Ladin

© Miles Ladin

As a still photographer, Ladin has previously shot and developed the visual style for “The Night”, a nightlife column appearing in the Styles section of the Sunday New York Times. His pictures of New York’s glitterati also appeared in “Paparazzi”, a four page bi-annual spread in W Magazine.

Currently, Ladin covers New York Fashion Week for Women’s Wear Daily. In this online feature, titled “Pop Shots”, Ladin's signature black and white images are combined with his own written commentary. His words, like his visual work, combine acute observation with humor.

To read the full text from Aufbau magazine, and for more writing by Miles Ladin, visit the artist's blog.

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

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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:

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“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.