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By Don L. Hofsommer

During this visually gorgeous and entire photographic essay, railroad historian and photographer Donovan L. Hofsommer documents the top of branchline passenger carrier, the death of electrical railroads, the transition from steam to diesel energy, in addition to the tip of universal provider freight carrier at the Colorado slim gauge. Off the most traces contains readers alongside out-of-the-way railways in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Montana, and South Dakota to work out the adjustments that happened on those strains from the Forties to the Nineteen Nineties.

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Authors’ collections) 5 6 FACES: PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE ART OF PORTRAITURE Wu Ting-Fang, Chinese Minister Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864–1952) Frances Benjamin Johnston, one of America’s earliest female photographers, made this portrait around 1900. Its subject, Wu Ting-Fang, China’s highly respected minister to the United States, was noted as a sophisticated and worldly diplomat. These are the qualities that Johnston’s carefully posed and propped portrait so perfectly reflects. ) Fargo and Doris Caudill, Homesteaders, Pie Town, New Mexico Russell Lee (1903–1986) This informal portrait of the Caudills is one of the hundreds of often iconic pictures Lee took while working for the Farm Security Administration.

Triggered by camera-activated radio slaves, these flashes flooded the trailer’s interior with a rich and warm yellow light. Next, I positioned my camera a dozen or so feet in front of the trailer’s doorway where Li’l Dutch was standing and attached a ring light around its lens. This provided low-power fill light. In addition, the ring light also produced interesting secondary catch-lights that helped to enliven Li’l Dutch’s eyes. Finally, I put a four-foot vertical strip light slightly in front and to the right of my camera.

This informal portrait from the 1950s of a stylishly dressed couple on an outing is typical of the hundreds of millions of similar color “peoplepictures” produced since color film first became widely available. 12 (Authors’ collections) MODIFYING LIGH 13 Miss DuBoise Ferguson, who has been judged to be physically perfect Keystone View Company; Photographer unknown Taken between 1909 and 1925, this glamour portrait is typical of the thousands of similar “pretty-girl” pictures that flooded the market around that time.

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