January 1, 2016

27 Candid Lunchtime Portraits of New Yorkers From the Late 1970s

Between 1977 and 1980, photographer Charles H. Traub would spend his lunchbreak with his camera, wandering around the streets to capture New Yorkers (as well as residents in Chicago and European cities) he felt drawn to.

Colorful and direct, animated and intimate, the portraits are shot close to the subjects, composed seemingly off-the-cuff, focusing on just their heads and shoulders. Each subject reveals something of himself or herself to the camera.

(Photos © Charles H. Traub)


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