The Center’s journal, Railroad Heritage®, and other publications fill a unique niche: using photographs and art to inform the public and rail enthusiasts alike about the influence of railroads on economic growth and development, popular culture, and the lives of the hundreds of thousands of men and women who built and maintain North America’s railroads. Excellent images and highly researched and thoughtful writing characterize our publications. We launched Railroad Heritage in 2000 and now publish four issues annually, which our members receive for free as a benefit of membership. You can purchase previous issues here or by printing and mailing the order form (pdf).
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200-page, hardbound, 11- by 11.5-inch book published by the Center. Printed in the US, it features 108 photographs, including seventy-three of Jack Delano’s 1942–1943 views of Chicagoland railroads and their workers, reproduced in full color with rich quadtones for the black-and-whites. Contempoary photographs by Jack’s son, Pablo Delano, and the Center’s John Gruber and Scott Lothes complement the catalog. There are essays by Pablo Delano, Gruber, and University of Texas professor Jeremi Suri, a leading public historian. Biographical essays prepared by Center editorial consultant Jack Holzhueter as well as Gruber and Lothes tell the life stories of the forty-nine railroaders.
$60, $50 for members of the Center, $15 s/h, 200 pages, hardbound, color and b/w
The Summer 2014 issue’s cover feature by BYU professor James Swensen profiles photographer Andreas Feininger’s work at the Utah Copper Company’s railroads in November 1942 for the Office of War Information. It also includes an in-depth look at the railroad art in the permanent collection of the Grohmann Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, written by James R. Keiselburg, director of the museum. the issue devotes nine pages to reporting on the opening weekend of the Center’s monumental Railroaders: Jack Delano’s Homefront Photography exhibition at the Chicago History Museum in early April, including the complete remarks of Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo and extensive photography by Henry A. Koshollek. David Lester provides a rundown of the 2014 Conversations about Photography conference in May at Lake Forest College and the Chicago History Museum. The 2014 conference set a new record for attendance, and Lester’s writing and Koshollek’s photography gives you the full report.
$7.95, 36 pages, color and b/w
Ronald Olsen of Coventry, Rhode Island, won first prize in the 2013 photography awards
for his night view of a steam locomotive working inside a steel mill in China. The theme was “creative images.”
The Center’s 2014 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program theme has been announced as “Lasting Impressions,” emphasizing memorable images. The Center desires photographs that leave lasting impressions, photography worthy of display on a living room wall or even a museum.
Submissions may consist of up to five images, either individual photographs or a grouping or sequence. No restrictions apply to subject, style, or technique, but the photographs should be rail-related and made since December 31, 2009. Digital editing (such as with Adobe PhotoShop) is acceptable but entrants should include this detail in their descriptions of the photographs so as not to misrepresent an image’s content. The contest is not specifying any one particular style, genre or technique. Very likely your best photographs are those you remember most, or are most remembered by those to whom you have shown your work. The sky is the limit, especially if the light is interesting.
Deadline: October 15, 2014
Winners announced: December 1, 2014
Submit to: award [at] railphoto-art [dot] org
Format: Full-size JPEG files at “high” or “maximum” quality setting
Publication: Railroad Heritage and Railfan & Railroad
Exhibition: California State Railroad Museum
First Prize: 13×19 printer from Canon and $500
Second Prize: $300
Third Prize: $200
Ron Flanary (left) and Mike Danneman entertained and enlightened with their discussion of railroad photography and painting at Conversations 2014. Photograph by Henry A. Koshollek.
In the twelve years the Center has offered Conversations about Photography, it has grown from one day to three. And now, in 2014, it has posted attendance records for the third year in a row. The event has become the one of most important in the world for railroad photographers, and advance registration has become a necessity. So make plans now to attend the 2015 Conversations, April 10-12 at Lake Forest College, whose campus on Lake Michigan is a treat in spring weather. Comments about the 2014 event were overwhelmingly positive. Presentations, arrangements, and a terrific Sunday morning at the Chicago History Museum for a tour of Railroaders—all received bravos. Take a look at the visual record courtesy of photographer Henry A. Koshollek.