Barbara launched her career in 1987 with a solo show at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute and first place win in the Baltimore Sun Magazine annual photo contest. She went on to shoot freelance for publications, manage darkroom and computer labs, assist other photographers, and teach film and digital at the university level while continuing to pursue her personal vision.


Her photos have exhibited at venues such as the Arts Commission, McLoughlin Gallery, Robert Tat, Camerawork, Canessa, Live Worms, Emerald Tablet, Studio Gallery, 111 Minna and SOMArts in San Francisco, Cooper Union, CBGB’s 313 and 4th St. Photo Gallery in Manhattan, Bert Green and MoNA in LA, Xerox PARC in Palo Alto, CPA in Carmel, Museum of Fine Arts in Longview, MTSU Baldwin Gallery in Murfreesboro, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, School 33, UMBC Kuhn Gallery and MAP in Baltimore, Galera Uzupis in Vilnius, plus int'l photo fests in Knokke-Heist and Arles.


Traub has lectured on her work at Bay Area libraries, bookstores, Commonwealth Clubs, JCCSF, SSU, and Apple Store. Her images are included in books titled Burning Man, Ragged Lion: A Tribute to Jack Micheline, Why Bother With Theology, Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism, Nudes: Indexxi, Playa Dust: Collected Stories from Burning Man and Desert to Dream: A Dozen Years of Burning Man Photography.