New Center Book Features Outstanding Beebe/Clegg Photography

Beebe and Clegg: Their Enduring Photographic Legacy, a new book from the Center for Railroad Photography and Art, tells about how partners Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg introduced railroad photography and the world of railroading to wide popular audiences. The authors, John Gruber and John Ryan assisted by Mel Patrick, bring the best of their photographic work together in one book for the first time, using high quality duotone printing.

The 224-page book goes on sale for $59.95 at the Center’s Conversations conference April 13–15 at Lake Forest (Illinois) College. Copies may be ordered on the Center’s website and will be shipped immediately after the conference. A traveling exhibit is in the works.

Beebe (1902–1966) was known for the three-quarters or wedge of pie perspective in his photography. Clegg (1916–1979) introduced a more innovative outlook, boosting creativity for both of them. Their photographs shine in this new book, produced with the best of modern digitization, design, and printing techniques.

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Lucius Beebe, left, and Charles Clegg pose along the tracks of the Southern Pacific narrow gauge in the Owens Valley of California in the 1940s. Courtesy of the California State Railroad Museum, BC3411