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One Track Mind: Photographic Essays on Western Railroading (Masters of Railroad Photography) (E)


Robert W. Richardson’s Narrow Gauge News Colorado Rail Annual Series; No. 21

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Boston Mills Press is proud to launch its Masters of Railroad Photography Series with this phenomenal collection of photographs and essays by Ted Benson. Benson has devoted much of the past 30 years to rail photojournalism and is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s top railway photographers. In One Track Mind he presents more than 200 of his finest black-and-white photographs on the topic of western railroading. Benson’s photographs speak to the railfan in all of us, with equal measures of timeless human interest and peak-action railroad imagery. Ted Benson has perhaps exceeded his own aspiration, to create a collection of rail photography full of “rare, unexpected pleasures . . . high drama spiced with quiet moments of reflection.” These are qualities the reader will find on every page of One Track Mind.

“Why black-and-white in an all-color world? It didn’t take long before I began to look at black-and-white as the best way to continue the documentary tradition of American railroad photography that began with the building of the first transcontinental railroad in the 1860s. Continuing through the dawn of the ‘railfan era’ in the late 1930s and the emergence of such gifted rail photojournalists as Philip Hastings and Richard Steinheimer in the 1950s, black-and-white remains the soul of rail photography.”  Ted Benson

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Boston Mills Press; First Edition (December 1, 1999)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1550462733
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1550462739
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.25 x 0.75 x 10.75 inches

The book is in Excellent Condition.  There is a handwritten dedication to “Fred” signed by the author in Stockton in 2000.  Otherwise there are no marks, writings or tears.  The binding is in excellent condition, showing virtually no signs the book has been read other than for inspection.  The dust cover shows some slight curling of the edges and minor tears along the spine, typical shelf wear.  There is also an approximate 3″ tear on the upper right front cover of the dust cover, and a second approximate 2″ tear on the lower left back side of the dust cover.

This book has been signed by the author on the inside front cover: “For Ferd – You can’t beat a healthy obsession!  Thanks for your many years of friendship and foaming!  Ted Benson Stockton 3/11/2000”  See photographs

Weight 1.4 oz
Dimensions 12 × 11 × 1 in


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