Some Vernacular Railroad Photographs

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A remarkable collection of images taken by passionate amateurs that have both a historical value and an innocent charm.
Jeff Brouws and Wendy Burton have been collecting vernacular railroad photographs for many years, poring through disorganized boxes of snapshots at train shows and swap meets. With a keen editorial eye they have sought out the unusual, the lyrical, the pastoral, and the urban, ultimately assembling a collection that includes railroad landscapes, locomotives, ...

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Overview

A remarkable collection of images taken by passionate amateurs that have both a historical value and an innocent charm.
Jeff Brouws and Wendy Burton have been collecting vernacular railroad photographs for many years, poring through disorganized boxes of snapshots at train shows and swap meets. With a keen editorial eye they have sought out the unusual, the lyrical, the pastoral, and the urban, ultimately assembling a collection that includes railroad landscapes, locomotives, bridges, and people primarily during the age of steam. This fascinating assemblage will appeal to fans of vernacular photography and rail fans alike. It is accompanied by an essay that includes a brief discussion of the aesthetic evolution of railroad photography in the early to mid-twentieth century and the phenomenon of the International Engine Picture Club, which acted as a clearing house and swapping mechanism for rail fans.

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Frederick N. Rasmussen - Baltimore Sun
“Beautiful and dramatic… a stunning collection.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393239386
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,015,226
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (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.

Wendy Burton is a Fine Art photographer with work in the collections of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The North Dakota Museum of Art and others. She has worked in the publishing industry for over thirty years, and is the author of Joy Is a Plum Colored Acrobat.

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  • Posted September 27, 2013

    Could I have seen the book first, I would not have purchased it

    Could I have seen the book first, I would not have purchased it The pages measure seven by nine inches, but some photographs
    measue 3 x 3 inches or smaller. There is a single photograph per page, wasting a good deal of space.

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