By Rail and by Sea

Overview


Scott Conorroe’s project began as a study of Canadian and US railways, and then the coastlines of these same hulking giants, finding that over time it became a portrayal of the Westernmost front of Western civilisation; a bloc of British Empire and Cold War superpower.

Each work depicts a romanticised wanderlust perpetually out of reach behind whatever portion of post-industrial malaise and decay blocks us from it. We are forever approaching these grand vistas and roadways, ...

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Overview


Scott Conorroe’s project began as a study of Canadian and US railways, and then the coastlines of these same hulking giants, finding that over time it became a portrayal of the Westernmost front of Western civilisation; a bloc of British Empire and Cold War superpower.

Each work depicts a romanticised wanderlust perpetually out of reach behind whatever portion of post-industrial malaise and decay blocks us from it. We are forever approaching these grand vistas and roadways, capitalist infrastructure masquerading as an idealised sense of freedom.

Comparable with Stephen Shore and Joel Sternfeld in such a tradition of exploring the cinematography of a peculiar North American ennui, Conarroe is bought to the forefront with this publication, undertaken in collaboration with the Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto. By Rail and By Sea is an important photographic statement, a kind of deadpan beauty that plays on themes of isolation, transience and the infinite.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908966438
  • Publisher: Black Dog Publishing Limited London
  • Publication date: 11/11/2014
  • Pages: 144

Meet the Author

Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester, OBE is a bestselling English-American author, broadcaster and journalist.

Biography

One of the leading practitioners of the offbeat, narrative nonfiction genre The New York Times affectionately calls "cocktail-party science," Simon Winchester studied geology at Oxford, worked on offshore oil rigs, and traveled extensively before settling into a writing career. For twenty years, he worked as a foreign correspondent for the Guardian, augmenting his income by writing articles and well-written but little-read travel books. Then, an obscure footnote in a book he was reading for sheer recreation sparked the idea of a lifetime.

The book in question was Jonathon Green's Chasing the Sun: Dictionary Makers and the Dictionaries They Made, and the footnote read, "Readers will of course be familiar with the story of W.C. Minor, the convicted, deranged, American lunatic murderer, contributor to the OED." Immediately, Winchester knew he had stumbled on a real story, one filled with drama, intrigue, and human interest. Published in 1998, The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Oxford English Dictionary was an overnight success, garnering rave reviews on both sides of the pond, and remained on The New York Times hardcover bestseller list for more than a year.

Fueled by curiosity, passion, and a journalist's instinct for what makes "good copy," Winchester has gone on to explore the obscure, arcane, and idiosyncratic in blockbusters like The Map that Changed the World, Krakatoa, and The Man Who Loved China. Coincidentally, his subjects have placed him squarely in the forefront of the new wave of nonfiction so popular at the start of the 21st century. In an interview with Atlantic Monthly, Winchester explained the phenomenon thusly: ""It shows, I think, that there is deep, deep down -- but underserved for a long time -- an eagerness for real stories, real narratives, about rich and interesting things. We -- writers, editors -- just ignored this, by passed this. Now we are tapping into it again."

Good To Know

Winchester once spent three months looking at whirlpools on assignment for Smithsonian magazine.

He once wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times to correct a factual error in an article about where the millennium would first hit land on the morning of Jan. 1, 2000. (It was the island of Tafahi, not the coral atoll Kirabati.)

He reportedly loves the words "butterfly" and "dawn."

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    1. Hometown:
      New York; Massachusetts; Scotland
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 28, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      London, England
    1. Education:
      M.A., St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, 1966
    2. Website:

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