While 2020 has brought unimaginable challenges, our members have remained deeply engaged in railroad photography and art. They share samples of their recent work in this issue’s cover story, “Creativity & Covid,” edited by Alexander Benjamin Craghead. From contemporary photography and painting to personal archiving projects and even creative nonfiction, their work is inspirational, offering ample proof that our creative spirit is alive and well. Further proof of that comes from the winners of our 2020 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards, which we also present in this issue along with comments from the judges. Rounding out the feature articles is a look back at New Haven Railroad cartoons that highlight travel difficulties of World War II. They come from the Archives and Special Collections of the University of Connecticut Library in a story by archivist Laura Smith.
In our columns, Arjan den Boer looks at the precise work of Pierre Fix-Masseau in his “Art of the Railway Poster.” Adrienne Evans shares the second of her two-part overview about the history and care of glass plate negatives in “Out of the Archives.” And Hailey Paige previews our next online conference, Virtual Conversations: Fall Edition, whose presenters will share railway photography and art from around the world.
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