Photographs & History

Photographs and History

Highball Lake Forest: Lecture for the Center for Railroad Photography and Art Conference


This coming weekend the Center for Railroad Photography and Art will host its 11th annual Conversations about Photography Conference at Lake Forest College in beautiful Lake Forest, Illinois. Last year I had the opportunity to attend as a guest and had a wonderful time, making a lot of new friends and viewing some excellent presentations. This year I was invited speak at the 2013 conference, an opportunity that I am honored to have!

The Conversations Conference runs from Friday evening April 12th to Sunday April 14th and is host to a diverse group of guest speakers, ranging from illustrators, photographers and authors including a Sunday panel discussion on Railroad Journalism with a group of noted industry professionals. I will be in the Saturday morning line-up presenting my lecture, From the Main Line: A Contemporary Survey of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

 In addition to speaking at the conference I will be part of a two person exhibition with Steve Van Denburgh displaying a selection of 15 pieces from the Main Line Project and a print  to raise money for future Center programs.

Founded in 1997, the Center for Railroad Photography & Art has become America’s foremost organization for interpreting the intersection of railroad art and culture with America’s history and culture. Based in Madison, Wisconsin the organization collaborates with other institutions throughout the US to provide quality public programs associated with photography and art works in all media. Their efforts highlight a genre in American Art that has lacked a public voice outside its own community for quite some time. They publish a quarterly journal, Railroad Heritage and continue to put together some excellent exhibitions.

Some of their past programs include the following:

Railroads and the American Landscape: An exhibition of Ted Rose Paintings and Photographs.

The Last Steam Railroad in America: An exhibition of Railroad Photographs of O. Winston Link.

The Call of Trains: An exhibition of Railroad Photographs by Jim Shaughnessy to celebrate the release of Mr. Shaugnessy's book of the same title.

Requiem for Steam: The Railroad Photographs of David Plowden. An exhibition to celebrate the release of Mr Plowden's book of the same title.

While I realize many of you won’t be in Lake Forest this week, I encourage you all to check out the Center for Railroad Photography and Art, they have some terrific programs and a great web resource of their efforts and exhibitions past and present. If you are going to be attending, please be sure to say hello, I look forward to sharing my work and making some new friends!

Highball to Lake Forest!

Michael Froio