Remembrance of Summers’ Past is a collection of 52 photographs by Charles H. Traub dating back to 1977 up until 2004. They were taken everywhere and anywhere around the world whenever Traub stumbled on a beach. These photographs are of the great display of unabashed human delight with the sun. On the beach, the masks come off and allow the inhibitions to wane. Ever since his first publication Beach (1977), Traub has as Aaron Siskind once put it “accomplished a miraculous blend of genial acceptance and critical caricature” of that place where everyone is temporarily free. Nothing is left unexposed and no one seems to care about how they look basking in the public waterside. Whether in Brazil, Italy, wherever, human nature shares in the democracy of the sun. In Traub’s pictures, the body is simply an expression of humanness.
The critic Lyle Rexer’s alter ego The Crow in a piece accompanying this new book proclaims, “The beach wasn’t just a place to see and be seen, but to be seen in the mind’s eye, in the camera’s hungry, persistent, annoying, intrusive, attractive, shocking, alluring, charming, nostalgic gaze. “On the beach, thought Crow, everything looks like a picture, and everything looks better.”
Limited edition 250 numbered and signed.
Charles H. Traub : Remembrance of Summers’ Past
Photographs Charles H. Traub
Text Lyle Rexer
Book Design Yan Jin
Published by Interlocutor Press