Daniel Traub’s photographs of overgrown lots in North Philadelphia where rowhouses once stood have a mournful feel. In Traub’s photos, on view at the Print Center until March 5, indomitable nature grows up tall where people once lived. But the works are not so much about the man-nature struggle in the built environment. They’re more about entropy and the way things are, the rub of time and place. Traub spent the last nine years in China where he observed the building boom of gated communities rising next to shanty towns. He talked with us about Philadelphia and China and about growing up with parents who are both activists.
First, a short sample from the interview; and below that the full 15-minute episode.
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