Awards Deadline Extended

Due to staff travel schedules, we have extended the entry deadline of the 2016 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program to Wednesday, November 2, 2016, by 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time. This year’s awards program offers 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, Fall 2016: Connecticut Archive, Missabe Yellowstones, St. Maries River

The Fall 2016 issue of Railroad Heritage® debuts a new look to the magazine—the first extensive redesign in its sixteen-year history. On the cover is Robert LaMay’s night view of Shore Line East F7A no. 6690 in the shops at New Haven, Connecticut, in 1992. LaMay’s photography resides at Archives & Special Collections of the University of Connecticut Library, the Center’s partner for Conversations Northeast, a one-day conference at Storrs, Connecticut, on October 29, 2016. Archivist Laura Smith shares more highlights in an article about UConn’s railroad photography. We share some highlights from our own archive with a gallery of J. Parker Lamb photographs of Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range’s 2-8-8-4 “Yellowstone” steam locomotives. Finally, Marc Entze discusses his decade-long project of photographing the timber-hauling St. Maries River Railroad in northern Idaho, a case study of the benefits that can come from taking a very deep look at relatively small place. We discuss the importance of metadata in our regular “Out of the Archives” column and share some suggestions of how to prioritize this tedious but critical part of the archiving process. We also debut a new column on European travel posters by Arjan den Boer, drawing from his outstanding website. News, letters, and two new book reviews round out the issue.

$7.95, 48 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage 46, Fall 2016

Railroad Heritage, Summer 2016: Glacier Park, Boxcars, Conference, Endowment

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service with an in-depth look at the relationship between the Great Northern Railway and Glacier Park in Montana. Author Justin Franz shares an engaging story, lavishly illustrated with his own contemporary photographs and historic images from the unparalleled collection of GN historian Scott Tanner. Artist Charlie Hunter shares railroad paintings and commentary about what he has dubbed “contemporary realism” from an exhibition he curated for Vermont’s Brattleboro Museum. Author David Lester provides thorough reviews of our sold-out Conversations 2016 conference in Lake Forest, Illinois, illustrated by Hank Koshollek’s photographs, and an announcement of the Center’s new endowment fund. Finally, Jordan Radke explains the Center’s redesigned website in his regular “Out of the Archives” column.

$7.95, 48 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage 45, Summer 2016

Conversations 2016 reaches new heights

The Center’s annual Conversations conference sold out for the third consecutive year, with 180 attendees coming to Lake Forest College, thirty miles north of Chicago, from thirty-seven different states and four foreign countries. The weekend included lively social hours, stimulating discussions, and a diverse lineup of informative, engaging, and entertaining presentations.

Friday featured an opening reception banquet with live music by Charlie Castner and Ron Flanary, and a photography exhibition by John Sanderson. Saturday’s full day of presentations began with Wendy Burton and Kevin Keefe discussing their new book, Railroad Vision, followed by artist J. Craig Thorpe’s engaging look at concept art. Tony Reevy shared photographer Jack Delano’s trip across the Santa Fe from his recent book about Delano, while Ron Hill gave a retrospective of his black-and-white photography. Sanderson presented his railroad landscapes, and Steve Patterson concluded the day with a lively look back at his career as both railroader and photographer. A reception followed in the college’s elegant Glen Rowan House with print and book sales and signings.

Todd Halamka kicked off Sunday morning with his stunning color photography from around the world, and then Steve Barry provided an introduction to drones and railroad photography. Emily Moser shared her photography and reflections from “Riding the Harlem Line and Beyond.” Alan Shaw offered a look at Australia’s quirky railroads, while John Gruber and John Ryan wrapped up with the weekend and a detailed look at the lives and photography of Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg. Mark your calendars now for Conversations 2017, April 28-30 at Lake Forest College.

See eighty photographs from the weekend on Flickr by Hank Koshollek.

Steve Barry
Steve Barry, editor of Railfan & Railroad magazine, gave an overview of using photography drones at the Center’s Conversations 2016 conference, which sold out for the third consecutive year.