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Picture of Wallace W. Abbey: A Life in Railroad Photography

Publisher's description

From the late 1940s on, Wallace W. Abbey masterfully combined journalistic and artistic vision to transform everyday moments in transportation into magical photographs. Abbey, a photographer, journalist, historian, and railroad industry executive, helped people from many different backgrounds understand and appreciate what was often taken for granted: a world of locomotives, passenger trains, big-city terminals, small-town depots, and railroaders. During his lifetime he witnessed and photographed sweeping changes in the railroading industry from the steam era to the era of diesel locomotives and electronic communication. Wallace W. Abbey: A Life in Railroad Photography profiles the life and work of this legendary photographer and showcases the transformation of transportation and photography after World War II. Featuring more than 175 exquisite photographs in an oversized format, Wallace W. Abbey is an outstanding tribute to a gifted artist and the railroads he loved.

Publisher: Indiana University Press

25.65 cms L x 26.16 cms W, 240 pages

84 black & white illustrations

Wallace W. Abbey
From the late 1940s on, Wallace W. Abbey masterfully combined journalistic and artistic vision to transform everyday moments in transportation into magical photographs.
£36.00

Picture of Essential Witness

Publisher's Description

Jim Shaughnessy is an essential witness to six decades of change in North American railroading, from the late 1940s into the twenty-first century. His photographic achievement is one of the pinnacles of railroad photography as a genre, which he, along with others of his generation, raised to the level of art, worthy of consideration beyond the world of trains and the interest of rail fans.

The early years of his career coincided with the dramatic shift in the railroad industry from the steam locomotive to the diesel engine. During those transition years of the 1940s and 1950s, Shaughnessy was there to record every nuance and every detail with uncommon insight and unrelenting dedication. Shaughnessy loved steam, but he also embraced diesel. It was a period of transition, and it would only happen once, and he made the most of it, for he understood that he was a witness to history.

Born and raised in Troy, New York, a city with a deep industrial heritage rooted in iron and steel, Shaughnessy began by documenting the railroad scene in the Northeastern United States. His interests and travels also took him to other areas of the country to document the Rio Grande narrow gauge in Colorado and the Union Pacific Big Boys in Wyoming, and into Canada and Mexico as well.

Shaughnessy distinguished himself from the previous generation of railroad photographers by thinking more photographically and exploring the creative potential of the medium, challenging the conservative vision that had dominated railroad photography through to mid-century. This led him to see beyond the trains themselves to visually interpret the industrial and cultural landscape through which they moved. And so he documented the railroad environment, set within village, town, and city as well as rural and wilderness landscapes. He not only photographed the trains and locomotives, but contextualized the railroad by depicting the personnel, the infrastructure, and architecture, documenting for posterity the workers behind the machines that operated in the depots, roundhouses, and back shops. He captured a sense of place and time in astutely observed moments during both day and night in all seasons. Particularly striking are his images of trains at night—as author and historian Lucius Beebe once described Shaughnessy’s work, “He was master in the massive effects of black and white.”

Drawn from a lifetime’s work and an archive of some 60,000 images, the principal focus of this revealing new book is on the decades of the 1950s and 1960s, perhaps the most dynamic era of North American railroading.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

Size: 12.1 x 11.1"

192 pages, 150 duotone illustrations

Jim Shaughnessy
Jim Shaughnessy is an essential witness to six decades of change in North American railroading, from the late 1940s into the twenty-first century. His photographic achievement is one of the pinnacles of railroad photography as a genre, which he, along with others of his generation, raised to the level of art, worthy of consideration beyond the world of trains and the interest of rail fans.
£43.20

Picture of Rail Magic

Publisher's Description

In 1949 René Groebli shot a series of images around and on top of trains in France, His working style was stimulated by his experiences with moving images, his fascination with movies. In many experiments he tried to express the dynamism of movement in single photographs. Lasting experiences – like his first train journey from Zurich to Paris – brought him to a city in which he immersed fully in the themes of romanticism and movement in the atmosphere of the French steam trains.

At the end of 1949 RAIL MAGIC was published for the first time, 15 images in a publication that the artist financed himself. It was a daring opus in a time in which photography presented itself quite conservatively and hardly full of dynamism, where honest tradition demanded easily understood documentation. No surprise then, that Groebli’s images were met with rejection. Of course with time passing the work has been met with great admiration by photo historians and today an original publication is a treasured (and pricey) item by book collectors.

With a fresh perception, René Groebli started for this edition from the 15 photographs of the first publication and fashioned this new selection of 74 images, a sort of gem from the beginnings of the “Subjektive Fotografie” as a remembrance of the times when the smell of soot and of smoke intensified the magic between black and white, between Paris and Zurich.

With an essay by René Schlachter. 

first edition 2017

74 photographs, taken with either a Leica III F with one single lens (Elmar 50 mm, 1:3.5) or with the old twin-lens Rollei ex.

128 pages, 17cm x 23cm, soft cover, open thread-stitching, german/english

Sturm & Drang publishers 2017

Rene Groebli

Publisher's Description

In 1949 René Groebli shot a series of images around and on top of trains in France, His working style was stimulated by his experiences with moving images, his fascination with movies. In many experiments he tried to express the dynamism of movement in single photographs. Lasting experiences – like his first train journey from Zurich to Paris – brought him to a city in which he immersed fully in the themes of romanticism and movement in the atmosphere of the French steam trains.

At the end of 1949 RAIL MAGIC was published for the first time, 15 images in a publication that the artist financed himself. It was a daring opus in a time in which photography presented itself quite conservatively and hardly full of dynamism, where honest tradition demanded easily understood documentation. No surprise then, that Groebli’s images were met with rejection. Of course with time passing the work has been met with great admiration by photo historians and today an original publication is a treasured (and pricey) item by book collectors.

With a fresh perception, René Groebli started for this edition from the 15 photographs of the first publication and fashioned this new selection of 74 images, a sort of gem from the beginnings of the “Subjektive Fotografie” as a remembrance of the times when the smell of soot and of smoke intensified the magic between black and white, between Paris and Zurich.

With an essay by René Schlachter. 

first edition 2017

74 photographs, taken with either a Leica III F with one single lens (Elmar 50 mm, 1:3.5) or with the old twin-lens Rollei ex.

128 pages, 17cm x 23cm, soft cover, open thread-stitching, german/english

Sturm & Drang publishers 2017

£51.75
£50.50

Picture of Steam Odyssey: The Railroad Photographs of Victor Hand

Publisher's Desription

Unlike previous volumes among Norton’s celebrated publications on railway photography, Steam Odyssey has an international bent: Victor Hand has taken photographs in more than fifty countries over the past fifty-five years. These photographs present his best work from around the world and show what a compelling subject the railway is. An introduction by well-known transport reporter and columnist Don Phillips explains how Hand became interested in railways and how his approach to the subject developed; extended captions provide historical context. The book includes an afterword by rail and photography historian Jeff Brouws.

Publisher: W.W. Norton

Size:  265 x 270 mm

192 pages, 166 black-and-white photographs

Victor Hand
Unlike previous volumes among Norton’s celebrated publications on railway photography, Steam Odyssey has an international bent: Victor Hand has taken photographs in more than fifty countries over the past fifty-five years.
£49.50

Picture of Steam & Steel 2014 railroad photography calendar

Product Description

The Norfolk and Western Railway was the last American railroad to abandon steam and convert to diesel. During the mid-1950s, O. Winston Link (1914-2001) created a photographic legacy of this period of American rail history which remains unrivaled.

O Winston Link

Product Description

The Norfolk and Western Railway was the last American railroad to abandon steam and convert to diesel. During the mid-1950s, O. Winston Link (1914-2001) created a photographic legacy of this period of American rail history which remains unrivaled.

£12.99

Picture of Some Vernacular Railroad Photographs

Overseas deliveries  Please note that, as this is a heavy item, overseas postage will be charged at twice our standard rates.

Publisher's Description

Jeff Brouws and Wendy Burton have been collecting American vernacular railway photographs for many years, poring through boxes of snapshots at train shows and enthusiasts’ gatherings. Seeking out the unusual, the lyrical, the pastoral and the urban, they have assembled a collection that includes railway landscapes, locomotives, bridges and people primarily during the age of steam.

This fascinating assemblage is accompanied by an essay that includes a brief discussion of the aesthetic evolution of railway 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.

Publisher: WW Norton

Size: 185 x 235 mm

288 pages, 250 duotone photographs

Jeff Brouws and Wendy Burton
Seeking out the unusual, the lyrical, the pastoral and the urban, Brouws and Burton have assembled a collection that includes railway landscapes, locomotives, bridges and people primarily during the age of steam.
£25.20

Picture of Gasoline

Publisher's Description

The gas station is one of the most iconic of twentieth century buildings. Recognised across the world, it is arguably most established on American soil where the notion of the road trip on a full tank of gas is culturally ingrained.

Gasoline presents 35 archive press images of gas stations taken between 1944 and 1995. They have been collected by writer David Campany, purchased from the photography archives of several American newspapers which have been discarding their analogue print collections and moving to the now ubiquitous .jpeg or .tif formats.

Gasoline can be read as a cautionary tale about the modern dependence on oil, about news photography, about the shift from film to digital imaging, or as a minor history of car design and vernacular architecture. Marked with the grease pen notations of the newspapers’ art directors, the photos tell of oil shortages, road congestion, crimes, accidents and choking cities.

Individually the images are single moments in time; collectively they show a growing consciousness about cars, the oil trade and global concern about pollution.

Publisher: MACK

Size: 240 x 320 mm

100 pages, 37 colour plates, 37 black & white plates

David Campany
Gasoline presents 35 archive press images of gas stations taken between 1944 and 1995. They have been collected by writer David Campany, purchased from the photography archives of several American newspapers which have been discarding their analogue print collections.
£27.50

Picture of Life Along the Line: A Photographic Portrait of America's Last Great Steam Railroad

Publisher's Description

O. Winston Link photographed the Norfolk and Western, the last major steam railroad in the United States, when it was converting its operations from steam to diesel in the 1950s. Link’s N&W project captured the industry at a moment of transition, before the triumph of the automobile and the airplane that ended an era of passenger rail service. His work also revealed a small-town way of life that was about to experience seismic shifts and, in many cases, vanish completely. Including a collection of more than 180 of Link’s most famous works and rare images that have never before been published, O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line offers a moving account of the people and communities surrounding the last steam railroad.

The book includes a cd of Link's recordings of the railroad.

See here for an archive of Link's work.

Publisher: Abrams

Size: 11 3/8 x 10 5/8"

240 pages, 180 black-and-white and colour photographs
O. Winston Link
Including a collection of more than 180 of Link’s most famous works and rare images that have never before been published, O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line offers a moving account of the people and communities surrounding the last steam railroad.
£22.50

Picture of Steam and Steel 2013 calendar

Please note this is the 2013 calendar.

Publisher's Description

The Norfolk and Western Railway was the last American railroad to abandon steam and convert to diesel. During the mid-1950s, O. Winston Link (1914-2001) created a photographic legacy of this period of American rail history which remains unrivaled.

Size: 12 x 12"

Winston O. Link
Please note this is the 2013 calendar.
£12.99

Picture of Locomotive Portraits

Publisher's Description

In the winter of 1970, Dave Bohn found the surviving negatives of Darius and Tabitha Kinsey. Bohn and his colleague, Rodolfo Petschek, initiated a long-term effort to reproduce in book form the magnificent Kinsey archive. Here you’ll find Darius and Tabitha Kinsey’s lifework on display in this volume featuring 53 superb photographs of the logging industry’s steam locomotives, historical essays by John Labbe on each locomotive and the logging operations it served, and excerpts from conversations with some of the oldtime engineers, firemen, and brakemen.

Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal

144 Pages

Photographs by Darius Kinsey and Tabitha Kinsey
Excellent, good value collection of the Kinseys' photographs of logging operation in the Pacific North West at the end of the 19th century.
£13.46

Picture of Jet Airliner: The Complete Works

Publishisher's Description

Photographs by Josef Hoflehner and Jakob Hoflehner. The Jet Airliner series was taken over a period of several months between early 2009 and late 2011 at Maho Beach on the Dutch/French island of St. Maarten / St. Martin in the Caribbean Sea. The beach is directly adjacent to the relatively short runway of the airport. Therefore passenger jets roar as low as four meters above the heads of sunbathers. The Jet Airliner series has often be described as one of the most unique photographic series ever produced.

Jet Airliner: The Complete Works, all eighty-six (86) photographs are beautifully printed in duotone on 108-pages of fine Japanese art paper. This first edition is limited to 2,000 copies only.

Publisher: Most Press

Size: 300 x 320 mm

108 pages, 86 duotone plates

Josef Hoflehner
Remarkable photgraphs taken at Maho Beach on the Dutch/French island of St. Maarten where passenger jets roar as low as four meters above the heads of sunbathers to the nearby runway.
£50.00

Picture of New Cars 1964

Publisher's Description
In 1964, two young art directors at Harper's Bazaar named Ruth Ansel and Bea Feitler hired the then up-and-coming photographer Lee Friedlander to photograph the much-anticipated new car models of that year. Friedlander's jazz album covers had proven he knew how to work on assignment, and Ansel and Feitler realized that if Bazaarwas to obtain the photographer's best work he should be let alone to make it. It's difficult now to comprehend how anticipated next year's cars were to Americans of the 1960s, but if Friedlander was aware of this, the photographs he delivered (on time) don't betray it. Rather than depicting the cars in seductive locales, he had them delivered to parking lots near burger joints, cheap furniture stores, downscale beauty parlors and-most ignominiously of all-a used-car lot. As Friedlander says, “I just put the cars out in the world, instead of on a pedestal.” The magazine's editor-in-chief was unamused, fearing that the photographs would deter car manufacturers from advertising in Harper's, so Friedlander was paid for his work and the photographs were soon forgotten-until he stumbled across them in 2010. Even a cursory study of this project reveals a compendium of strategies that would soon bring Friedlander acclaim and wreak havoc with widely accepted notions of what constituted a good photograph. Now, the Continentals, Eldorados and Mercury Meteors of 1964 have their day in this beautifully produced volume.

Publisher: Fraenkel Gallery
Size: 12 x 9¾"
72 pages, 3 colour and 33 black & white illustrations

Publisher's Price: $49.95
Lee Friedlander

Publisher's Description
In 1964, two young art directors at Harper's Bazaar named Ruth Ansel and Bea Feitler hired the then up-and-coming photographer Lee Friedlander to photograph the much-anticipated new car models of that year. Friedlander's jazz album covers had proven he knew how to work on assignment, and Ansel and Feitler realized that if Bazaarwas to obtain the photographer's best work he should be let alone to make it. It's difficult now to comprehend how anticipated next year's cars were to Americans of the 1960s, but if Friedlander was aware of this, the photographs he delivered (on time) don't betray it. Rather than depicting the cars in seductive locales, he had them delivered to parking lots near burger joints, cheap furniture stores, downscale beauty parlors and-most ignominiously of all-a used-car lot. As Friedlander says, “I just put the cars out in the world, instead of on a pedestal.” The magazine's editor-in-chief was unamused, fearing that the photographs would deter car manufacturers from advertising in Harper's, so Friedlander was paid for his work and the photographs were soon forgotten-until he stumbled across them in 2010. Even a cursory study of this project reveals a compendium of strategies that would soon bring Friedlander acclaim and wreak havoc with widely accepted notions of what constituted a good photograph. Now, the Continentals, Eldorados and Mercury Meteors of 1964 have their day in this beautifully produced volume.

Publisher: Fraenkel Gallery
Size: 12 x 9¾"
72 pages, 3 colour and 33 black & white illustrations

Publisher's Price: $49.95
£36.95

Picture of Aces High
Publisher's Description
[...] Like all artists, Tom’s stock-in-trade is to see what others overlook, to capture the essence of something that eludes the rest of us. With these photographs, he has done just that. He has succeeded in looking beyond the aluminum, steel and paint portrayed by the calendar photographers, to capture the true soul of these aircraft- a soul that is inseparable from the men that flew them in combat. These images are powerful because they embrace, rather than gloss over, the context with which these planes were created and flown. They pay tribute to the men who took them into battle, and they capture the emotion of an era that was routinely characterized by desperate life and death struggles. To do anything less is to only tell half the story. [...] As you view these photographs, don’t be surprised if you feel like you’re looking back through a crack in time and can hear the distant echoes of history calling. It’s not your imagination - it’s the power of great photography! William E. Hamilton (Former Planes of Fame General Manager)

To view images from the book see the Ponchiroli Editori.

Publisher: Ponchiroli Editori
Size: 240 x 300 mm
176 pages

Publisher's Price: £ 50.00
Tom Porta
Publisher's Description
[...] Like all artists, Tom’s stock-in-trade is to see what others overlook, to capture the essence of something that eludes the rest of us. With these photographs, he has done just that. He has succeeded in looking beyond the aluminum, steel and paint portrayed by the calendar photographers, to capture the true soul of these aircraft- a soul that is inseparable from the men that flew them in combat. These images are powerful because they embrace, rather than gloss over, the context with which these planes were created and flown. They pay tribute to the men who took them into battle, and they capture the emotion of an era that was routinely characterized by desperate life and death struggles. To do anything less is to only tell half the story. [...] As you view these photographs, don’t be surprised if you feel like you’re looking back through a crack in time and can hear the distant echoes of history calling. It’s not your imagination - it’s the power of great photography! William E. Hamilton (Former Planes of Fame General Manager)

To view images from the book see the Ponchiroli Editori.

Publisher: Ponchiroli Editori
Size: 240 x 300 mm
176 pages

Publisher's Price: £ 50.00
£45.00

Picture of Requiem for Steam
Publisher's Description
Stunning photographs by a master photographer documenting the last of the steam locomotives.

As a child, David Plowden was given a box camera, and before long he began to photograph railroad trains. As he matured and started on what would become a lifetime in photography, trains—specifically steam locomotives—became one of his passions, and then they were eclipsed by modern diesel locomotives. It is our good fortune that Plowden was on the scene at the end, documenting what would become this book, his reverent tribute to the steam era.

Publisher: W.W. Norton
Size: 12 × 11.1'
200 pages

Publisher's Price: £ 48.00
David Plowden
Publisher's Description
Stunning photographs by a master photographer documenting the last of the steam locomotives.

As a child, David Plowden was given a box camera, and before long he began to photograph railroad trains. As he matured and started on what would become a lifetime in photography, trains—specifically steam locomotives—became one of his passions, and then they were eclipsed by modern diesel locomotives. It is our good fortune that Plowden was on the scene at the end, documenting what would become this book, his reverent tribute to the steam era.

Publisher: W.W. Norton
Size: 12 × 11.1'
200 pages

Publisher's Price: £ 48.00
£43.20

Picture of Napoli
Publisher's Description
Continuing her global project documenting public interiors, Candida Höfer dedicates her latest series to Naples: theaters, concert halls, libraries, museums, townhouses, and palazzos reflecting the city’s enormous historic and cultural heritage.

Publisher: Schirmer/Mosel
Size: 240 x 300 mm
56 pages, 42 colour plates

Usually dispatched within 10 working days
Candida Höfer
Publisher's Description
Continuing her global project documenting public interiors, Candida Höfer dedicates her latest series to Naples: theaters, concert halls, libraries, museums, townhouses, and palazzos reflecting the city’s enormous historic and cultural heritage.

Publisher: Schirmer/Mosel
Size: 240 x 300 mm
56 pages, 42 colour plates

Usually dispatched within 10 working days
£29.95

Picture of Call of Trains - Railroad Photographs by Jim Shaughnessy

Publisher's Price £38 > Our Price £35

Publisher's Description
Jim Shaughnessy is a revered name among railway photographers. This collection, the best of his work over a forty-year career, features photographs taken between 1946 and 1988, with an emphasis on the American railroad culture of the fifties and sixties. Jeff Brouws—a railway authority and photo historian—has contributed a biographical essay that traces Shaughnessy’s beginnings photographing steam locomotives in 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 railway 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, station yards and more. It is a wonderful document of what is arguably railroading’s most compelling era.

Publisher: W.W. Norton
Size: 280 x 272 mm
224 pages, 170 duotone photographs

Usually dispatched within 2 working days
Jim Shaughnessy

Publisher's Price £38 > Our Price £35

Publisher's Description
Jim Shaughnessy is a revered name among railway photographers. This collection, the best of his work over a forty-year career, features photographs taken between 1946 and 1988, with an emphasis on the American railroad culture of the fifties and sixties. Jeff Brouws—a railway authority and photo historian—has contributed a biographical essay that traces Shaughnessy’s beginnings photographing steam locomotives in 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 railway 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, station yards and more. It is a wonderful document of what is arguably railroading’s most compelling era.

Publisher: W.W. Norton
Size: 280 x 272 mm
224 pages, 170 duotone photographs

Usually dispatched within 2 working days
£35.00

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