Dolca Via: Charles Traub’s photographs of Italians enjoying the good life in the lively 1980s

Sensual and sad, bursting with colour and pleasure, magnificent
even in its melancholy, Charles Traub’s photographs from the
streets of Rome, Florence, Naples, and Milan in the early
1980s, capture the eternal nature of Italy, and the very
essence of its lively people.

Characteristic of his imagery is a candid intimacy that
combines humour and spontaneity, which makes us long for an
Italy that maybe only once was. Brilliant blues, reds, and
yellows engulf the baroque posturing and gestures of strangers
and ordinary people who become fond archetypical caricatures.
Traub’s friend and guide, the late photographer Luigi Ghirri,
said of the imagery, “You see our foibles, strip us bare, make
love through the camera, and then venerate us.”

The photographs were made with a Plaubel Makina 67, using Kodak
colour negative film. Now available to enjoy in a new book
entitled Dolce Via, this is the first monograph from a
large selection of work produced in that period. For more
information, visit

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