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The Photographic Artistry of RAIL CAMERAMEN

ISBN: 9781857945218
Published: 16-02-2018
Format: Hardback, jacketed, Head and Tail bands and ribbon 213x276mm
Availability: Reprint now available
Author: John Hillier
Number of pages: 128

Price: £30.00

The 100th RCC Folio began circulating in December 2017 - and this exhibition at Locomotion is one of the activities which commemorate this milestone.

The Exhibition opens at 14.00 at Locomotion on Saturday 20 January 2018 when many of the RCC members and other distinguished guests will be present. The 128-page hardback book 'Rail Cameramen' published by Silver Link Publishing which features not only all the images in the Exhibition but many others too will also be launched.

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'RAIL CAMERAMEN'
An exhibition by the Rail Camera Club, Locomotion, Shildon, Co. Durham

January 20 to March 4, 2018

'Rail Cameramen' features the photographic artistry of many of the UK's leading railway photographers who, as members of the Rail Camera Club, have been familiar figures at the lineside for many years.

The Rail Camera Club had its origins in the prestigious Railway Photographic Society which Maurice W Earley formed in 1922 and continued until 1976 when 'MWE', its Secretary throughout its 54 years, decided to 'retire'. Membership of the RPS was by invitation only, and over the years, virtually all of the top railway photographers were members.

As the result of the circulation of 'boxes' of prints for fellow members to see and comment on, the standard of railway photography improved significantly.

In 1976, Stephen Crook, the respected Carlisle-based photographer, decided that the RPS should be resurrected under the guise of the Rail Camera Club. Several ex-RPS members were interested and once again 'Boxes' of pictures of railway subjects began circulating.

Although the age of digital photography really took off from the mid-1970s RCC members favoured the opportunity of taking time to examine and comment on colleagues' prints in detail and two Folio Boxes, packed with pictures, were circulated about six months apart, a practice that still continues.

The 100th RCC Folio began circulating in December 2017 - and this exhibition at Locomotion is one of the activities which commemorate this milestone.

The Exhibition opens at 14.00 at Locomotion on Saturday 20 January 2018 when many of the RCC members and other distinguished guests will be present. The 128-page hardback book 'The Photographic Artistry of Rail Cameramen' published by Silver Link Publishing which features not only all the images in the Exhibition but many others too will also be launched.

'Rail Cameramen' at Shildon features images from 36 RCC Members including material from past members including WJV 'Bill' Anderson and Eric Treacy. Some original Eric Treacy prints will be displayed in addition to his cameras. Some very early images from the NRM/Science Museum Archive and the Paul Getty Collection will also be on view.

A number of associated events are being arranged by Locomotion to run concurrently with the photographic display. The first of these will be on Saturday 20 January when, at a meeting open to all, Brian Stephenson will give an illustrated talk about the Early Railway Photographers using material from his extensive archive. This will be held at 1730 at nearby Redworth Hall Hotel.. Details of this and other events will be found on the Locomotion website.www.locomotion.org.uk

The Exhibition is being sponsored by Hitachi Rail Europe, Bachmann Europe plc., the Bluefin Group, the Railway Magazine and the Bahamas Locomotive Society.

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