The Call of Trains: Railroad Photographs by Jim Shaughnessy

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A majestic collection celebrating the life and work of one of the deans of railroad photography.
Jim Shaughnessy is a revered name among railroad photographers. This collection, the best of his work over a forty-year career, features 170 duotone photographs taken between 1946 and 1988, with an emphasis on the railroad culture of the fifties and sixties. Jeff Brouws—a railroad authority and photo historian—has contributed a biographical essay that traces Shaughnessy's beginnings ...

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Overview

A majestic collection celebrating the life and work of one of the deans of railroad photography.
Jim Shaughnessy is a revered name among railroad photographers. This collection, the best of his work over a forty-year career, features 170 duotone photographs taken between 1946 and 1988, with an emphasis on the railroad culture of the fifties and sixties. Jeff Brouws—a railroad authority and photo historian—has contributed a biographical essay that traces Shaughnessy's beginnings photographing steam locomotives in his hometown of Troy, New York, to his documentation of the dramatic steam-to-diesel transition, with an emphasis on the northeastern United States and Canada, where the concentration of railroad action and often deep snow resulted in beautiful and unusual images.
Not just a compendium of photographs of locomotives, this book covers the whole railroad world—the sheds, tunnels, viaducts, yard stations, and more. It is a wonderful document of what is arguably railroading's most compelling era.

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“Shaughnessy is an artist...capable of achieving a shining lineation reminiscent of fine-point engraving and of rendering roiling masses of steam and smoke as charged as a running dog in a futurist painting, of dignified stillness and enveloping motion. Appearing on full pages of this oversize volume, his pictures are engrossing, stunning masterpieces of photodocumentation.”— Ray Olson
Ray Olson - Booklist
“Shaughnessy is an artist...capable of achieving a shining lineation reminiscent of fine-point engraving and of rendering roiling masses of steam and smoke as charged as a running dog in a futurist painting, of dignified stillness and enveloping motion. Appearing on full pages of this oversize volume, his pictures are engrossing, stunning masterpieces of photodocumentation.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393065923
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/17/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 646,546
  • Product dimensions: 12.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Brouws is a fine art photographer and part-time writer who has nine books to his credit, authoring five on railroads alone, the latest being The Call of Trains: The Railroad Photographs of Jim Shaughnessy. A book of his own photographs Approaching Nowhere (also from Norton) was published in 2006. His work can be found in major institutional collections around the country including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Princeton University Art Museum and Harvard's Fogg Museum. He resides in New York with his wife Wendy Burton.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2009

    A wonderful book for anyone who loves trains!

    I bought this as a gift for a friend who is a serious train enthusiast. I was greatly impressed with the book when I looked through it and my friend was thrilled with it! It's well worth the price. I recommend it highly to anyone who has an interest in trains.

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