Charles H. Traub's new book Lunchtime celebrates the fabulousness of workaday people. Comprised of images taken of passersby on the street at lunchtime in New York, Chicago and various European cities between 1977-1980, Traub's approach to spontaneous portraiture gets uncomfortably close to the subject magnifying the individual's idiosyncrasies. A subtle smile, a furrowed brow, an exaggerated pout all feel incredibly vulnerable somehow. Preferring to focus on regular pedestrians, Traub said in a press release that he "avoided the celebrities and the famous. I even turned down Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who once stopped to be photographed. She was the most famous woman in the world!" He continued, "My intention was to draw attention to the distinct uniqueness of everyday people." Vibrant and colorful, Lunchtime nods back to an era where we may have dressed a little more flamboyantly but reveals a timeless humanity that inhabits us all. Take a look at photos from the book below.

Lunchtime is published by Damiani -- order a copy HERE

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