Wallace W. Abbey

A Life in Railroad Photography
Kevin P. Keefe and Scott Lothes
Photographs by Wallace W. Abbey
Distribution: World
Publication date: 2/5/2018
Format: cloth 240 pages, 184 b&w illus.
10 x 10
ISBN: 978-0-253-03224-9
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From the late 1940s onward, Wallace W. Abbey masterfully combined journalistic and artistic vision to transform everyday transportation moments into magical photographs. Abbey, a photographer, journalist, historian, and railroad industry executive, helped people from many different backgrounds understand and appreciate what was 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.

Author Bio

Wallace W. Abbey (1927–2014) spent his career as a railroad journalist and public relations executive, primarily in the Upper Midwest, from the 1940s through the 1980s.

Kevin P. Keefe is a Milwaukee-based journalist and a member of the board of directors of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art.

Scott Lothes is President and Executive Director of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art and a freelance author and photographer whose work appears frequently in
Trains and other publications.

The Center for Railroad Photography & Art, www.railphoto-art.org, is a nonprofit arts and education organization whose mission is to preserve and present significant images of railroading.

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