One of PPAC’s clients, Daniel Traub, will be exhibited in Portland, Oregon from July 5 – 29th
PORTLAND, Oregon – Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, will present the work of two artists in its galleries during July 2012:
Bobby Abrahamson North Portland Polaroids
Daniel Traub Philadelphia
July 5th – 29th, 2012
Opening Reception First Thursday, July 5th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books will be at Blue Sky for the opening to sell copies of Bobby Abrahamson’s new limited edition volume, North Portland Polaroids, $25.
Artist Talk: Daniel Traub Saturday, July 7th, 3:00 PM
Artist Talk: Bobby Abrahamson Wednesday, July 25th, 6:00 PM
Regular hour are Noon to 5:00 PM, Tuesday through Sunday.
North Portland Polaroids
“Bobby Abrahamson’s photographic typology featuring the individuals who call St. Johns home does what any good typology should do: it calls attention to similarity as well as difference, and though favoring neither, it savors the subtleties of idiosyncrasy.”
–Julia Dolan, Minor White Curator of Photography, Portland Art Museum
After buying a house in North Portland in the spring of 2011, photographer Bobby Abrahamson decided to stay in town for the summer and start shooting “a portrait a day” in his neighborhood of St. Johns. About the same time, he received from a friend a box of the coveted and soon-to-be-extinct Polaroid Type 55 4″ x 5″ instant positive/negative film. Even though he had not photographed much with a large-format camera before, and certainly not portraits on the street, he embraced the project as a way to meet his new neighbors.
“The film allows me to give a print to my subject as soon as it is shot, and then keep a negative for myself. This gives me the ability to entice my subject with an instant print and all of the wonder and excitement of setting up a large format camera on a tripod, time spent focusing the camera under a dark cloth, asking them to hold still, loading the film, and then ‘click’ of the shutter. One minute later they are holding a print of themselves in their hands. I usually only take one photo per subject, so there is also a lot of excitement, anticipation, magic, and uncertainty for me. Each event of photographing a stranger is a kind of prayer.” All of the portraits on display at Blue Sky are original prints by Abrahamson made from Polaroid negatives taken in North Portland between July 2011 and March 2012.
On the occasion of Blue Sky’s exhibition, Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books is publishing a limited edition volume featuring 46 images from this series. North Portland Polaroids is 102 pages with an introduction by Julia Dolan, Minor White Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum. The first 10 copes are signed, numbered, and include a limited 8″ x 10″ gelatin silver print; these are available for pre-order directly through Ampersand.
Bobby Abrahamson is a Portland, Oregon-based documentary photographer, filmmaker, and media educator. He has five published books of his work, and has been featured in several solo and group shows in the United States and Europe. His work is included in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Jewish Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, Serbia, the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, TExas, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. His professional clients include TIME, Fortune, US News & World Report, The New York Times, and Wieden & Kennedy. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Media Studies from The New School, New York. Abrahamson teaches photography and media literacy in the Portland metropolitan area at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Mount Hood Community College, Clark College, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland Art Museum, Newspace Center for Photography, Saturday Academy, and Open Meadow Middle School.
Photographer Daniel Traub created this series of color photographs between 2008 and 2012 using a large-format film camera while exploring the inner city neighborhoods of Philadelphia, the city where he was born.
Traub explains his approach this way: “I look at street corners, the facades of buildings, churches, and vacant lots. Along the way, I make portraits of people that I encounter. I am drawn to this raw urban landscape, which hovers between collapse and regeneration, decay and possibility . . . houses that have fallen into despair have been torn down leaving breaks in the urban fabric. THe walls of adjoining buildings function as frames for the landscape that have arisen. Some are strewn with trash and debris, while others are lush and verdant.”
Daniel Traub is an American Photographer who divides his time between New York City and Shanghai, China. Since 1999, he has been engaged with long term projects in China including Simplified Characters, which explores the transformation of China’s cities through street portraits and urban scenes, and City’s Edge which looks at the border region where urban and rural China meet. Traub’s photographs have been exhibited in Asia, Europe, and the United States, including solo exhibitions at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago and the Print Center in Philadelphia and are found in public and private collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, London Telegraph Magazine, TIME, and Wallpaper. In 2008, he was selected by Photo District News as on of the 30 photographers to watch, was chosen to participate in the Hyeres Photo Festival, France, and was awarded a fellowship from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia. Additionally, Traub has been the director of photography for numerous documentaries and reports for networks and production companies including PBS, German Television ZDF, and Arte.