Saturday, November 13, 2021, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (U.S. Central Time)
Join the CRP&A for an upcoming weekend event on Zoom featuring three fantastic photographers exploring unique perspectives by rail.
Download the program HERE
Finding My Track: Rail Photography as a Creative Outlet
Jennifer Al-Beik shares perspectives as a newcomer to the hobby of railroad photography.
Jennifer Al-Beik is a veterinarian by trade and took up a passion for railroad photography after her son became interested in railroads. As a newcomer to the hobby, Jen now enjoys rail photography as a creative outlet and takes images from both the ground and from the air by drone.
Glimpse the American landscape from the seat of Amtrak passenger Stacey Evans. Using the train as a moving studio tethered to the earth gliding on a predetermined path, Stacey makes photographs focused on regional similarities and differences while composing how we occupy, shape, and transform the land. Her archive has over 29 train trips in America, plus a few in Scandinavia and France. Over the years, she’s collected various themes ranging from swimming pools, to power supplies, agriculture, intersections, and fading light, to name a few. She will share her unique perspective not accessible by foot, plane, or car.
Stacey Evans grew up in Waynesboro, Virginia, a small town made diverse by its variety and combination of different landscapes – rural, urban, industrial and suburban. Over the years, she has worked to translate her formative visual experiences and demonstrate the role landscapes play within culture. She studied photography at Virginia Commonwealth University and received a BFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She works as an artist, educator, and photographer. She is the Imaging Specialist and Project Coordinator at the University of Virginia Library, a Statewide Educator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a resident artist at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville. Her artwork is exhibited regionally and nationally.
John Gruber: B&W Photography, 1960-1964
Scott Lothes, the executive director and president of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, will share selections and highlights from the illustrious collection of our co-founder John Gruber (1936-2018). John was not only a great rail photographer, but also an author, scholar, grandfather, and staunch champion of other artists as well as the field of railroad photography itself. We have the privileged opportunity to preserve and provide access to his legacy. John’s collection contains over 108,000 images as well as boxes of manuscript materials related to his publishing projects and the founding of the Center. Digitization of John’s collection began in 2020.
This event is free.
The WJNP (White River Junction to Newport, Vermont) on the Vermont Rail Systems at Norwich, Vermont seen by drone in April 2021. Photograph by Jennifer Al-Beik.
Schedule, U.S. Central Time
- 10:30 AM, Zoom meeting open
- 11:00 AM, Welcome and Introduction, Scott Lothes, CRP&A executive director
- 11:15 AM, CRP&A Collections Update, Adrienne Evans, CRP&A archives manager
- 11:30 AM, Jennifer Al-Beik, Finding My Track: Rail Photography as a Creative Outlet
- 12:15 PM, BREAK
- 12:30 PM, Stacey Evans, Passengers
- 1:15 PM, Scott Lothes, John Gruber: B&W Photography, 1960-1964