A Passion for Trains: The Railroad World of Richard Steinheimer

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A tribute to the most revered railroad photographer of our time.
To the true rail fan, Richard Steinheimer is an authentic hero, the best of the best. This, the first full-length celebration of his work, presents 160 of his duotone images, with an introduction by Jeff Brouws.
A pioneer in train photography, Steinheimer lived through and documented the railroad's heyday and its decline. He is one of very few photographers who appreciate the ...

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Overview

A tribute to the most revered railroad photographer of our time.
To the true rail fan, Richard Steinheimer is an authentic hero, the best of the best. This, the first full-length celebration of his work, presents 160 of his duotone images, with an introduction by Jeff Brouws.
A pioneer in train photography, Steinheimer lived through and documented the railroad's heyday and its decline. He is one of very few photographers who appreciate the aesthetics of all locomotives, from steam engines to the latest diesel-powered behemoths. He has a particular fondness for the landscape of the American West, and many of his images situate trains in the larger geography and culture of the time. Known for taking pictures at night, in bad weather, and from risky perches on top of moving train platforms, Steinheimer has an enormous creativity and productivity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393057430
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 438,389
  • Product dimensions: 12.10 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Steinheimer is a master of American railroad photography. His work has been published in Trains, Railfan, Locomotive and Railway Preservation, and Vintage Rail, and more than seventy books. He lives in Sacramento, California.

Jeff Brouws  is a fine art photographer and part-time writer who has nine books to his credit, authoring five on railroad photography alone. He has been published in Trains, the NRHS Bulletin and the R&LHS Quarterly. A book of his own photographs, Approaching Nowhere (also from W. W. Norton) was published in 2006. His photographs can be found in major institutional collections around the country including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, Harvard’s Fogg Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2005

    Worth every cent, if you have a passion for trains

    This is a glorious book, one that deserves front and center placement in your home or office. This is not the typical 'railroad book' which focuses either on historical triva or the minutiae of engine numbering schemes. This book is a professional photographer's hobby of love, the result of years of following tracks in all types of weather, and bringing the trains home in large format black and white. The details of these photographs reveal not only the majesty of high speed steam railroading in beautiful scenery, but also day to day activities and the constant struggle against the worse that weather can offer. The first time you page through this book, you'll probably respond to the epic challenges that railroaders face. Upon subsequent readings, however, you'll be more and more impressed with the incredible texture and detail of these photos. Keep this book handy, because you'll want to frequently return to it.

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