Between 2010 and 2013, photographer Roger Minick made two round-trip train trips across the United States, during which he photographed from the California Zephyr traveling between California and Chicago, then from the Lake Shore Limited traveling between Chicago and New York City.
The resulting book of these images, SEEN from TRAIN, is not only an evocation of the magic of traveling by train it is also a rare glimpse of an American Landscape that is seldom seen by any other mode of transportation. From the California Zephyr, for instance, because the vantage point is higher, the viewer is given an almost voyeuristic view of back yards, city streets, small towns and remote farms and landscapes. In addition, by using the train's varied window frames as an adjunct to the composition, and also by not worrying about keeping the camera level or steady, Minick has masterfully recreated the sensation of traveling by train.
Roger Minick has been photographing the American experience for nearly half a century. His photographs are included in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J Paul Getty Museum, George Eastman House, and The Smithsonian. Two previous mainstream photographic books, published by Scrimshaw Press, include DELTA WEST and HILLS OF HOME. The books AMERICAN BIOGRAPHICS, SIGHTSEER, CELL PEOPLE, SEEN from TRAIN, and UNDOCUMENTED are published by Perambulation Press, a self-publishing venture founded by Roger Minick, specializing in fine quality limited edition books. Selections of most of Minick’s past and present work can be seen at the following links: www.sightseerseries.com - Sightseer www.idiarist.com - Daily Blog of iPhone Images www.photorogblog.com - General Work-in-Progress Blog www.perambulationspress.com - Other Self-Published Books www.rogerminick.com - Retrospective Website Dylan Swift is Roger Minick's nom de plume.
FIFTY Published December 17, 2014
CORNUCOPIA Published December 09, 2014
SIGHTSEER Published June 02, 2014
UNDOCUMENTED Published June 02, 2014
POTPOURRI A PRIORI Published May 23, 2014
COTSWOLD'S RIP Published May 23, 2014
THE ETERNAL STARE Published April 08, 2014
PERAMBULATIONS Published February 21, 2014