Union Pacific Museum Association

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Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Vanessa Dobles, Director of Development
Main Address:
200 Pearl St
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

The Railroad Photography of Lucius Beebe & Charles Clegg

Join author Tony Reevy for a free presentation about the railroad photography of Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg.

Bon vivant, railroad historian, photographer, pioneering food critic, chronicler of New York's café society, and noted newspaperman, Lucius Beebe (1902–1966) was an American original. In 1938, with the publication of High Iron: A Book of Trains, he transformed the world of railroad-subject photography forever by inventing the railroad picture book genre. In 1940, he met creative and life partner Charles Clegg (1916–1979), also a talented photographer. Beebe and Clegg produced an outstanding and diverse portfolio of mid-twentieth century railroad-subject photographs. Beebe, sometimes with Clegg, also authored about forty books, including many focused on railroads and railroading.

The Railroad Photography of Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg brings their incredible story and best photographic work together. Reevy’s live, virtual presentation for the Union Pacific Railroad Museum will include Beebe and Clegg photographs from The Railroad Photography of Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg emphasizing the three-quarters (wedge) shot, modernist views of the American railroad, railroaders, and the American railroad in its environment. Many of the photos he will present show views of the Union Pacific and its predecessor lines.

Tony Reevy’s previous publications include poetry, non-fiction and short fiction, including the non-fiction books Ghost Train!, O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line, The Railroad Photography of Jack Delano and The Railroad Photography of Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg, the poetry chapbooks Green Cove Stop, Magdalena, Lightning in Wartime, and In Mountain Lion Country, and the full books of poetry, Old North, Passage and Socorro. He resides in Durham, North Carolina with wife, Caroline Weaver, and children Lindley and Ian.

This event will take place on Zoom! It is totally free, but please register ahead of time by clicking the ticket link in the event. You will receive a confirmation email immediately, and we will send out the Zoom meeting link the day before the event.

If you have any questions or concerns, please send us a Facebook message (we're all working from home so we're not able to answer calls to the museum).

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200 Pearl St
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
United States


January 21, 2021 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm