Vaune Trachtman (born Philadelphia, PA; lives Brattleboro, VT) received a BA from Marlboro College, VT and an MA from New York University and the International Center of Photography, both New York. Trachman’ work has been exhibited at the Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester and PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, all VT; Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ; The SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC; Soho Photo Gallery and the International Center of Photography, both New York; and The Center for Photographic History and Technology, Santa Fe, NM. Trachtman has been awarded residencies and fellowships at Remarque/New Grounds Print Workshop, Albuquerque, NM; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson; and Tusen Takk Foundation, Leland, MI. Trachtman was a winner in Soho Photo Gallery’s Alternative Processes National Competition was awarded a Creation Grant by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts to create the series, “NOW IS ALWAYS.” Her work has been featured in A Photo Editor and The Od Review.
Statement from the Artist:
In the early 1930’s, my father shot some film near his father’s drugstore in Philadelphia. Nearly 90 years later I was given his negatives, and I began combining the people in his photos with my own images. My father lived in Philly his entire life, and his images are rooted in the corner of 19th and Girard during the Depression. My images are much less rooted. Often, the blur out a car or train window felt more like home than wherever I was living. In “NOW IS ALWAYS,” my father’s life merges with mine. I want this series to create a feeling of collapsed-yet-expanded time. I want to see what my father saw, and I want him to see what I see. I want you to look at the past, and I want the past to look right back.