The Railroad Photography of Jack Delano

The Railroad Photography of Jack Delano

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Born in the Ukraine, photographer Jack Delano moved to the United States in 1923. After graduating from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1937, Delano worked for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and the Office of War Information (OWI) as a photographer. Best known for his work for the Office of War Information during 1940-1943, Jack Delano captured the face of American railroading in a series of stunning photographs. His images, especially his portraits of railroad workers, are a vibrant and telling portrait of industrial life during one of the most important periods in American history. This remarkable collection features Delano's photographs of railroad operations and workers taken for the OWI in the winter of 1942/43 and during a cross-country journey on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway, plus an extensive selection of his groundbreaking color images. The introduction provides the most complete summary of Delano's life published to date. Both railroad and photography enthusiasts will treasure this worthy tribute to one of the great photographers of the thirties and more

Product details

  • Hardback | 204 pages
  • 254 x 279 x 20.32mm | 803g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 33 color illus., 140 b&w illus., 3 maps
  • 0253017777
  • 9780253017772
  • 785,803

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"Both scholarly and beautiful, author Reevy's work presents information on Delano the man, background on the agencies that employed him, and more than 170 photos... A marvelous study of a craftsman and his important work." -Classic Trains "Jack Delano had a successful career as a photographer and was widely recognized for his evocative scenes of railway workers and their equipment. In this book, Reevy has presented a topical summary for a comprehensive and well-designed coverage of this worthy subject." -J. Parker Lamb,, author of Railroads of Meridian "Kudos to Tony Reevy for skillfully capturing photographer Jack Delano's love affair with America's railroads during the mid-20th century. I am especially taken by Delano's evocative portraits of the men and women of the Santa Fe, who together with countless other railroaders, contributed mightily to America's efforts during World War II." -Rob Krebs, retired Chairman & CEO, ATST and BNSF "Tony Reevy has given us an intimate, well-researched masterwork about Jack Delano's rail-related photography created during his early 1940s tenure with the FSA/OWI. Delano's photography is foregrounded and given the fulsome aesthetic and historical consideration it deserves. Coupled with Reevy's thoughtful essays, a deeper contextual appreciation of Delano's imagery-and its heretofore underrated position within the pantheon of American photography-emerges." -Jeff Brouws, author, photo-historian, and Director for Center for Railroad Photography and Art "By bringing together in a single, informative volume an excellent selection of Delano's black-and-white and color photographs, Reevy has performed an unquestionably valuable service." -Railroad History "Tony Reevy and Pablo Delano have assembled a wonderful tribute to one of America's great photographers of the 1930s and 40s, highlighting not only his images, but also his life." -Michigan Railfan "The word 'respect' comes up often in the discussion of Delano and his work and it shows in the photographs he was able to produce of railroaders who as a group tended to be camera-shy." -The Lexington Quarterly "Jack Delano captured the face of American railroading in a series of stunning photographs. His images, especially his photographs of railroad workers, are a vibrant and telling portrait of industrial life during one of the most important periods in American history." -Gauganshow more

About Tony Reevy

Tony Reevy is Senior Associate Director of the Institute for the Environment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line: A Photographic Portrait of America's Last Great Steam more

Table of contents

Foreword by Pablo DelanoPreface: A Re-Made ManAcknowledgementsIntroduction: A Real Respect for the Thing in Front of Him1. Portfolio One: The Farm Security Administration Photos, 1940-19422. Portfolio Two: OWI: Chicago3. Portfolio Three: OWI: Across the Continent on the Santa Fe4. Portfolio Four: FSA/OWI: The American Railroad in Color, 1940-1943Appendix: Notes on the Plate Captions and on the PlatesAppendix: Roy Stryker's FSA/OWI Shooting Scripts Concerning American RailroadsNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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