Railroad Photography Conference Set for April

The Center for Railroad Photography & Art will hold a three-day conference April 17-19 in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Known as Conversations 2020, the conference will be held at Lake Forest College, which is a co-sponsor of the event, located 30 miles north of downtown Chicago.

The conference will begin on Friday evening with a reception at 5 p.m. in the Glenn Rowan House followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. in Calvin Durand Hall.

Following dinner, Norm Carlson will give a presentation about Chicago rail commuter railroad Metra.

Saturday’s events include presentations, breakfast, lunch, an evening reception with drinks and appetizers, and dinner.

On Sunday the conference will conclude with presentations from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the McCormick Auditorium of the Lillard Science Center.

The scheduled presented and their topics are: Patrick Cashin (MTA), Steve Crise (photographing trains large and small), Phil Hawkins (railway art from the United Kingdom), Kevin P. Keefe (photography of J. Parker Lamb), Dennis Livesey (retrospective of his photography),  Mark Llanuza (then-and-now photographs of abandoned railroads in the Midwest plus recent work from Metra),  Sammuel Phillips (contemporary photography from Appalachia), and Dennis Ziemienski (rail art from the West).

Short presentations will also be given by the conference docents.

Conference attendees are asked to send after purchasing a ticket one of their recent photographs, preferably from the past year, for inclusion in a presentation of attendees’ photographs.

Tickets for the conference will range in price depending on whether an attendee is a member of the center and when they register.

For members, early registration (through Jan. 31) will be $120. Regular registration (Feb. 1 through March 27) and late registration is $160.

Non-member registration fees are $120 (early), $190 (regular) and $210 (late). Student registration fees are $50 regardless of when they register.

The registration fee does not cover the Friday dinner ($70) or Saturday banquet ($40). Student dinner fees are $25 for Friday and $20 for Saturday.

Up to four scholarships, funded by conference patrons, are available for young, new, and/or emerging photographers and artists to cover ticket prices, two nights of lodging (double occupancy), and partial travel expenses to and from the conference.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Feb. 21.

Further information is available at http://www.railphoto-art.org/conversations-2020/

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