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Analogue Events: Richard Steinheimer - A Passion for Trains

Richard Steinheimer who passed away in May this year is being commemorated at Robert Mann Gallery in New York. The gallery is honouring his life’s passion for trains by hosting an exhibition of his works.

Richard Steinheimer UPRR No. 3957 “Challenger” Rock River, WY, July, 1952 via robertmann.com

Steinheimer, took up camera work seriously in the years following World War II, his innovations in the treatment of his subject found a very receptive audience and between 1948 and 2001, the popular magazine Trains published well over 400 of his photographs.

Richard Steinheimer CMSP&P Cowboy & Lil Joes at Sappington Ranch, MT, 1964 via robertmann.com
Richard Steinheimer Returning from Farmington, NM or From Durango, 1961 via robertmann.com
Richard Steinheimer UPRR 2-10-2 Helper (Los Angeles Limited), Sullivan’s Curve, c. 1950 via robertmann.com

Undeniably a pioneer in the world of railroad and train photography, Steinheimer advocated a more expressive approach to his subject matter. The exhibition surveys a wide-range of images from across Steinheimer’s career and outlines Steinheimer’s relentless experimentation and willingness to embrace the revolutionary changes that railroads underwent in the postwar era.

Richard Steinheimer D&RGW No.1403 2-10-2 with coal drag in Spanish Fork, Canyon 2 miles from Thistle, UT, 1951 via robertmann.com

Richard Steinheimer was born in Chicago, in 1929. Several monographs of his photography have been published, including Backwoods Railroad of the West, one of the most collectible railroad books.

Richard Steinheimer: A Passion For Trains at Robert Mann Gallery, 210, Eleventh Ave., Floor 10, New York, NY 10001, is open until the 21st January 2012.

For further info, you may visit robertmann.com.

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