Monday, December 27, 2010

David Graham - Almost Paradise

 Benson, Arizona, 2002

David Graham was born in 1952 in Abington, Pennsylvania.  He received a BA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and his MFA in Photography from the Tyler School of Art. He has taught at Moore College of Art and is currently on the faculty at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Graham has published several books of his work including Taking Liberties, Ay, Cuba!, Alone Together, as well as American Beauty and Land of the Free, which were published by Aperture, and most recently Almost Paradise  published by Pond Press.  His work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.  His work has been collected by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Tirelessly traveling the United States, Graham captures the colorful, sometimes surreal, and often bizarre, in the thoroughly American landscape. You can visit his personal website here.  

 Route 64, West of Route 89, Arizona, 1986

 Bonneville, Salt Flats, Utah, 1992

 Yosemite National Park, CA, 1999

 South of Osh Kosh, Wisconsin, 2003

 Westley, California, 2003

 Golden Meadow, Louisiana, 2006

 Gulfport, Mississippi (Pawn Shop), 2006

 Stanislaus County, CA, 2003

 Hallam, Pennsylvania, 1995

 Little Pete, Gibsonton, Florida, 1993

 West Quincy, Missouri, 1993

 Music Store, North of Quakertown, Pennsylvania, 1991

 Grants, New Mexico, 1989

 Post Bulletins Practicing at Graham Park, Rochester, Minnesota, 1988

 Matthew Demo, Eldridge, New York, 1985

 Omaha, Nebraska, 2006

 Pass Christian, Mississippi, 2006

 Studio City, California, 2006

 Waveland, Mississippi, 2006

 National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, Hayward, Wisconsin, 1984

 Linden, California, 2003

 P-Star Parking, Dallas, Texas, 1997

 Glen Avon, California, 1995

 Paradise, Pennsylvania, 2005

 Viejas, California, 2005

Sunday, December 26, 2010


Charles Sheeler, Rolling-Power, 1939

 Jack Delano,  December 1942. "Worker inspecting a locomotive on a pit in the roundhouse at the Chicago & North Western RR's Proviso Yard."

 Ogle Winston,  Hot Shot Eastbound at the Drive-In, Yeager, West Virginia, 1955

 Ansel Adams, Rails and Jet Trails, Roseville, California, 1953

Le Transibérien

 Maks Al'pert, Wiktor Kalmikow in the Train to Magnitogorsk, 1930

 Margaret Bourke-White, Moscow 1941
Locomotive named Stalin is studied by students at the Locomotive Laboratory of the Technical Institute as top instructors (L) wearing enameled red decorative pins, lecture on its mechanics.

 Erró – Point to the East, Point to the West

 Charles L. Goeller, Third Avenue, 1934

 Philip Evergood, Nude By The El, 1933

William Turner, Rain, steam and speed, 1844

by William Wordsworth (1844)

IS then no nook of English ground secure
From rash assault? Schemes of retirement sown
In youth, and 'mid the busy world kept pure
As when their earliest flowers of hope were blown,
Must perish;--how can they this blight endure?
And must he too the ruthless change bemoan
Who scorns a false utilitarian lure
'Mid his paternal fields at random thrown?
Baffle the threat, bright Scene, from Orresthead
Given to the pausing traveller's rapturous glance: 10
Plead for thy peace, thou beautiful romance
Of nature; and, if human hearts be dead,
Speak, passing winds; ye torrents, with your strong
And constant voice, protest against the wrong.

 Augustus Egg, Travelling Companions, 1862

From a Railway Carriage
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;
And charging along like troops in a battle
All through the meadows the horses and cattle:
All of the sights of the hill and the plain
Fly as thick as driving rain;
And ever again, in the wink of an eye,
Painted stations whistle by.
Here is a child who clambers and scrambles,
All by himself and gathering brambles;
Here is a tramp who stands and gazes;
And here is the green for stringing the daisies!
Here is a cart runaway in the road
Lumping along with man and load;
And here is a mill, and there is a river:
Each a glimpse and gone forever!

 Adolph von Menzel, On a Journey to Beautiful Countryside, 1892

 Gui de la Bretonniére, En Wagon, Expostition d'Art Photographique, 1895

by Jószef Attila (1933, last stanza)

(Now the train's going down the track,
maybe today it'll carry me back,
maybe my hot face will cool down today,
maybe you'll talk to me, maybe you'll say:
Warm water's running, there's a bath by and by!
Here is a towel, now get yourself dry!
The meat's on the oven, and you will be fed!
There where I lie, there is your bed.)

 Camilo Mori, The Traveller, 1923

 Unknown, White Mountain Souvenir, 1895

 Gaetano Previati, Railroad on the Pacific, 1915

 Georgy Nissky, Moscow Suburb, 1957

 Semion Faibisovich, From the Cycle "Railway", 1990

 Frank Ward, Subway, Moscow

 Harald Hauswald, In the Subway, East Berlin, 1980s

 Lily Furedi, Subway, 1934

 Mark Rothko, Underground Fantasy, 1940

 Cyril E. Power, The Tube Train, 1934

 Jacob Schikaneder, Tramway in Prague, c. 1910

Mario Sironi, Il tram, 1920s

 Martin Lewis, Late Traveller, c. 1930

 José Clemente Orozco, The Subway, 1928

 Mario Sironi, Urban Landscape, 1923

 Max Radler, Station, 1933

 Gustav Wunderwald, Bridge in Berlin-Spandau, 1927

 Wilhelm Lachnit, Bridge, 1927

 Karl Völker, Train Station, c. 1930

 Volker Böhringer, Strasse nach Waiblingen, 1933

 Approaching a City by Edward Hopper, 1946

 George Tooker, Subway, 1950

 Oskar Nerlinger, The Last Exit, 1930

 Mexican Photographer, Mexican Revolutionaries Take Over a Locomotive at Cuernavaca, Morelos, 1910s

 A soviet armoured train in WW2

 Gino Severini, Armored Train, 1915

Martin Miller, German 280mm Railway Gun "Anzio Annie" 1940

Margaret Bourke-White, Romania, 1940
Oil bound for Germany to fuel Hitler's war. Waiting tank cars (labeled w. Essolub and Shell logos) in Rumanian-owned Creditul Minier oil yards near Ploesti.

 German Reichsbahn:

 Anselm Kiefer, Lot's Wife, 1989

Georg Scholz, Kakteen und Semaphore, 1923

 Pierre Roy, A Naturalist's Study, 1928

 René Magritte, Time Transfixed, 1938

 Clovis Trouille, La profanation, la belle torchie, c. 1945

 Patricia van Lubeck

 October 23, 1895 – Gare Montparnasse, Paris, France: a local train overruns a buffer stop due to Westinghouse air brake failure and crosses more than 30 metres of concourse before plummeting through a window. One person in a shop below was crushed by the falling engine.
List of train accidents: 

Chinese Photographer, First train passing through the wall of Peking, China, c.1900

 Ogle Winston, Maud Bows to the Virginia Creeper, Green Cove, Virginia, 1957

 Thomas Hart Benton, Wreck of the Ol' 97, 1944

 Raymond Pettibon, No Title, 2008

 Paul Friedrich Meyerheim: Schlussmontage der Lokomotive (Lokomotiv- Montagehalle Borsig, aus dem Zyklus "Der Werdegang der Lokomotive"), 1870

 Claude Monet, Train in the Snow or The Locomotive, 1875

 Émile Bernard, Iron Bridges at Asnières, 1887

 Gustave Caillebotte, On the Pont de l'Europe, 1876

 Hans Baluschek, The Train Station, 1904

 Henri Ottmann, Luxembourg Station, Brussels, 1903

 Jules Lefranc, La tour Eiffel et le chemin de fer de Versailles, c. 1930

 William Louis Sonntag, The Bowery at Night, 1895

 John Sloan, An Undergraduate Elective at Boston College, 1920s

 New York, 110th Street West, c. 1900

 Alfred Stieglitz, The Hand of Man, 1902

 Charles Sheeler, American Landscape, 1930

 Austin Mecklem, Engine House and Bunkers, 1934

 Oskar Nerlinger, Berlin City Train, 1930

 Max Missmann, Gleisdreieck [Berlin], 1905

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Hallesches Tor Berlin, 1913

 André Kertész, Meudon, Paris, 1928

 Frank Scherschel, English Coal Mining Village Nanty-Glo, 1930s

 Jack Delano, Locomotives in the roundhouse at Chicago & North Western's Proviso Yard, 1942

 Richard Estes. The L Train, 2009