Daniel Traub, Philadelphia, from PRIVATE 51 – Global Report 2, pp. 32-35
These photographs explore inner city neighborhoods in Philadelphia. I look at street corners, the facades of buildings, churches, and vacant lots. Along the way, I make portraits of people that I encounter. In general, my work explores border regions, marginal communities and the people who inhabit them. I am drawn to the complexity of environments where there is a sense of urgency – places that hover between collapse and regeneration. These areas provide insight into the broader society and the forces and interests at play. Here at the edges, we see the strains and cracks of the contemporary world: the poor and discarded, the fractured environments and ecosystems – the underside of our prosperity and ambitions.