Gene Huddleston's Chesapeake & Ohio His Best Photography 1947-1959
Gene Huddleston is widely regarded as the premier photographer of the C&O during its transition from steam to diesels. Gene didn’t simply haunt engine terminals taking portrait shots, as many others did. He explored the entire railroad scene, taking pictures of trains at work, in their surroundings, and frequently, included the people who worked on and around them. Gene also had a great sense of composition and was proficient with the technical ins and outs of taking pictures with a press-type view camera. The results were almost always good photos, and in many cases rose to the level of fine-art photography.
Gene began taking railroad photos in black and white in 1947, at the age of 16, with a press-type camera and sheet film. By 1959 he was making the transition to 35 mm color slides, and his use of black and white declined steeply.
This book collects more than 240 of Gene’s best black and white photos, some quite familiar, and some rarely seen, drawn from the C&O Historical Society collection. All have been processed to bring out their best, as if each was carefully printed by a master technician in the darkroom. They are presented chronologically, illustrating the evolution of motive power on the railway and Gene’s evolution as a photographer.
A map showing the photos’ locations, and an index of the photos by location, is provided.Long-time Society members knew and loved Gene and his work. This book is a tribute to this unique individual who was, in so many ways, responsible for the C&OHS of today! It is a real tribute to his art.
256 pages (horizontal format); 100 lb. glossy paper; Cloth bound (gold stamping) with dust jacket; Limited Edition.