Daniel Traub

Alum Daniel Traub featured in CCTV America

Award-winning photo book shows African immigrants in China

What happens when an American photographer and two Chinese portrait photographers combine their talents over a six year period?

You get an award-winning book called Little North Road which focuses on African immigrants standing on a pedestrian bridge in China.

CCTV America’s Hendrik Sybrandy reports from Colorado.

New York-based photographer Daniel Traub was already fascinated by China’s connection to Africa when he discovered a pedestrian bridge.

He met two Chinese portrait photographers who were selling souvenir photos. Traub’s photos would illustrate the backdrop and provide a frame.

The book, called “Little North Road,” is the product of 25,000 digital photos taken over six years which were eventually distilled down to just 40 from each portrait photographer.

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Alum Daniel Traub's book, short-listed for 2016 Paris Photo / Aperture Foundation Photobook of the year

Traub's book "Little North Road" has been short-listed for the 2016 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation Photobook of the Year Award.

Little North Road along with all the short-listed books will be profiled in The PhotoBook Review - issue 011. In addition the books will be exhibited at Paris Photo, November 10-13 and Aperture Gallery in New York, December 10, 2016 – Feb 2, 2017.

Signed and limited editions are available through the project website.

The book can also be purchased on amazon.com and photoeye.com.

"It is a big surprise to find a series of African portraits in a book about China, but there is pleasure to be found in this book where Traub collects the images of two Chinese street photographers who specialize in this subject. He gives this all a context with his own photos of the locality." Martin Parr

"Traub's collaborative project transcends the traditional documentary essay by presenting multiple perspectives, moving back and forth from his own recordings of city life to portraits taken by two local photographers who have given Traub permission to publish their work. The effect is, to some extent, a work of self-documentation by the African community as it interacts with a key segment of the Chinese population-migrant workers who also recently relocated from elsewhere in China and are struggling to find a place for themselves in a dramatically changing China." Lesley A. Martin, Aperture

"This highly enjoyable and well-composed document comes with useful background information by two academics, Roberto Castillo and Barbara Pollack. The latter rightfully points out that authorship of these pics "may belong to the subjects themselves, who certainly played at least a collaborative role in the production ot these portraits." Hans Durrer, F-Stop Magazine