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 1940a€“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 Delanoa€™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 Delanoa€™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 forties.... regiona€ in its service area and because it operated a€œthe largest fleet of diesel locomotives plying between Chicago and the west coast. ... as being composed of middle-aged to elderly white men, and African American Pullman porters, track workers, and firemen. ... but here we see that this expansion included African American women, and in jobs requiring heavy manual labor (plates 91 and 107). Andanbsp;...

Title:The Railroad Photography of Jack Delano
Author:Tony Reevy
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 2015-09-02


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