Charles Traub’s photographs documenting the streets of Rome, Florence, Naples, and Milan in the early 1980s are equal parts melancholic, sad and fun; capturing the very essence of Italy and its people.

Instantly recognisable for it’s candid humour, the series of images capture a moment in time that could be straight out of a movie.  The baroque environment is explored beautifully and seamlessly by locals and tourists; friends and strangers who come together to enjoy their time in the sun.

Traub’s friend and guide, the late photographer Luigi Ghirri summed it up perfectly when he said, “You see our foibles, strip us bare, make love through the camera, and then venerate us.”

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