Category Archives: Books

Book Launch Tour for Railway Palaces of Portland, Oregon

It’s celebration time! It’s been a few months since the release of The Railway Palaces of Portland, Oregon: The Architectural Legacy of Henry Villard. Because things have been busy, I’ve had little time to mark the occasion. At the end … Continue reading

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Cultural Landscapes Defined

So just what are cultural landscape studies? As the study of them plays a significant role in my academic work, I get asked this question a lot, so I felt I should try and answer it here. Consider this, then, the most cursory of … Continue reading

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Review: Some Vernacular Railroad Photographs

Some Vernacular Railroad Photographs By Jeff Brouws and Wendy Burton. W. W. Norton & Company, 500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110; wwnorton.com; 7.3 x 9.4 x 1.2 in; hardcover; 288 pages, 2 b/w photos; $39.95 The act of collecting … Continue reading

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Review: Steam: An Enduring Legacy

Steam: An Enduring Legacy: The Railroad Photographs of Joel Jensen By Joel Jensen. Essays by John Gruber and Scott Lothes, Afterward by Jeff Brouws. W. W. Norton & Company, 500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110; wwnorton.com; 11.9 x 11.1 … Continue reading

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New Digs / Good-bye, route99west

For some time now, I’ve had a web site of some form or other on the domain route99west.com. This blog, for example, has sat on route99west.com/addendum/ for something like 5 years, maybe 6. I chose the name for various reasons, … Continue reading

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Outside the box photography outlets

Should photographers think more like a guerilla? Recently, I wrote here questioning the ways that photography is displayed and shared with the public. My basic premise: that the typical ways that photography is shared — the gallery wall, the publication, … Continue reading

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Recommended reading/viewing on photography

Skylines and the Grand Style: Learning past photographic movements can inform present-day photographic approaches. San Francisco, California, 2010. I’ve commented before on the value of planning and research before making photographs in the field, including spending time communing with books … Continue reading

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Review: Great Railroad Photography 2010

Great Railroad Photography From the editors of Railfan & Railroad Magazine. Carstens Publications, Inc., 108 Phil Harden Road, Fredon Township, Newton, NJ 07860; http://www.carstens-publications.com/; 8.5 x 11 in; perfect-bound, 98 pages, 124 color and 5 b/w photos, 1 illustration; $14.95. … Continue reading

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Valuing Negativity

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Review: Discovering Main Street: Travel Adventures in Small Towns of the Northwest

Discovering Main Street: Travel Adventures in Small Towns of the Northwest By Foster Church. Oregon State University Press, 121 The Valley Library, Corvallis, OR 97331; http://oregonstate.edu/; 5.5 x 8.5 in; trade paperback; 192 pages, 5 maps; $18.95 Although the Northwest … Continue reading

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