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Beebe & Clegg: Their Enduring Photographic Legacy

July 21, 2019
9:00 am
Oliver Jensen Gallery

Lucius Beebe was a chronicler of New York “high society” with what was then a very unusual hobby: photographing trains. In 1938 he published the first of what are generally called: railfan books, books that were mostly photographs of locomotives and trains with little text beyond the captions. Amazingly, these books sold well, creating a market which continues to grow. In 1945, he was joined by his life partner, Charles Clegg and together they roamed the United States photographing trains and producing over two dozen books until Beebe’s death in 1966.

Adapted from the book of the same title by John Gruber and John Ryan assisted by Mel Patrick.


Oliver Jensen Gallery

1 Railroad Avenue, Essex, Connecticut 06426

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