This video was filmed: Thursday, August 12, 2010. School of Visual Arts, NYC. This episode is entitled: Seeing Things Differently. (Chapter 1 of 2). One on one with Charles Traub.

Charles Traub (American, b. 1945), is a Photographer first, Professor, Chairperson at School of Visual Arts, Masters of Fine Arts, Photography, Video and Related Media.

Professor Traub discusses his life, career, and the fascinating world of photography. He expounds on what motivates his students to do truly impressive, significant, and meaningful work, with a sense of depth and vision.

He produces a mix of intelligent mind, profound wisdom, artistic direction, impressive humor, and marked wit. Charles is a world class image-maker, a fantastic educator, an exceptional mentor, a great source of inspiration, and an innovator of art photography.

Words and thoughts from David Rapoport about the making of this film (Monday, April 28, 2014, 5:35 PM):

I am just one of his students.

Charles Traub is my best teacher. I think about him while I am doing my projects. For the most part, he has made me who I am, when it pertains to my visual artworks, and music. He has given me sensibility. He has given me intelligence. He has given me confidence. I am very proud and happy to say this.

This video is very personal to me. I feel that I am connected to it, and lend to it, a creative mind.

I produce the conventional, but then, I step out of it into something else. This is where I take the chance, and the results are something different than what I started with. I am not sure if I like what comes out, or not. Then, I make adjustments to the work again.

Every project is artwork, as is viewed from that perspective. It is serious, but it is also not serious.

The work has become an overall view, not as much of a detailed view. Also, it has become much more of an overall sensibility or feeling, as opposed to word to word, picture to picture, or sound to sound (as a feeling).

The moving image, and sound are like imprints, stamps, or things that identify the artist who has created them. They are his or her personality. One must develop the viewpoint with intelligence, intuition, creativity, and skill. Viewpoint is much harder to do than style.

Prof. Traub has taught me to try again and again. He taught me to improve and improve. I work on something more and more, until there is nothing left to do with a project, and no more improvements can be made. This has become my work process. I have learned this from the photo master: Charles Traub.

Interview, video, and music, by David Rapoport (American, b. 1960). /// © 2014 by David Rapoport. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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