Awards Coming Soon

The judges have finished their lengthy deliberations and we will be announcing the winners of the 2016 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program during the week of December 12–16. Entries were up fifty percent over last year and the field was highly competitive, causing one of the judges to remark, “This was one of the most difficult years for judging due to the high number of quality submissions.” The deadline to enter was November 2, 2016, and this year’s awards program offered two categories, one for recent images made with mobile devices, and one for your most evocative images of all-time. See all the details at: 2016 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards

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Railroad Heritage, Winter 2017: J.B. Jackson, Fogg on the P&LE, Gotthard Posters

You may not have heard of J.B. Jackson, but his impact on railroad photography has been profound. In the Winter 2017 issue of Railroad Heritage®, Alexander Benjamin Craghead takes an in-depth look at Jackson, his path-breaking work in geography and landscape studies, and his influence on how we view railroads. That includes the work of Jeff Brouws, noted author, photographer, and Center board member, whose view of the ex-Wabash coaling tower in Decatur, Illinois, appears on the cover. Howard Fogg’s paintings of the Pittsburg & Lake Erie Railroad anchor the issue’s other feature article, strikingly set against contemporary photographs of the same scenes by author Jerry W. Jordak. You can read all about our first regional conference, Conversations Northeast, in a review by Steve Barry, editor of Railfan & Railroad magazine. Jordan Radke, archives manager, returns for his regular Out of the Archives column, this time delving into copyright and other matters of intellectual property. With Switzerland’s new Gotthard Base Tunnel coming into regular operation in December 2016, Arjan den Boer’s regular column on European rail travel posters looks back at some of the advertising of the original Gotthard Railway. John Gruber offers a tribute to Hal Lewis, who died in 2016 and whose collection resides in the Center’s archive. You can also read a book review, letters from our readers, and an introduction of Peter Mosse, our newest board member.

$7.95, 48 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage 46, Winter 2017

Conversations Northeast

The Center’s first regionally-themed conference about railroad photography and art, Conversations Northeast, was a great success. Attendance was 115 for the one-day event, held on October 29, 2016, at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Attendees came from fifteen different states. The conference, co-hosted by Archives & Special Collections of the UConn Library, featured seven presentations and three exhibitions at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. We will post photographs and additional information in the coming days.

Awards Entries Up

Submissions to the 2016 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program are up fifty percent over last year. The deadline to enter was November 2, 2016. This year’s awards program offered two categories, one for recent images made with mobile devices, and one for your most evocative images of all-time. We will announce the winners in December 2016. See all the details at: 2016 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards