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Benjamin Green-Field Gallery

railroadersJack Delano's Homefront Photography

Open through August 10, 2015

Railroads and rail workers were essential to America’s victory in World War II. In 1942, the Office of War Information issued photographer Jack Delano a new assignment: document “railroads and their place in American life.” During the next several months, Delano captured three thousand images, two-thirds of them in the nation’s rail hub—Chicago.

Railroaders features more than sixty of Delano’s images, both black and white and early color photographs. Come explore the stories of Chicago railroaders. Meet the men and women who hustled on the rails, in the stations, and at the yards. Step inside a caboose. Help rail yard workers get trains ready for the road. Discover the legacy of Jack Delano’s efforts through the contemporary photographs of his son, Pablo.


> View a selection of Jack Delano's photographs on Flickr


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This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Center for Railroad Photography and Art in Madison, Wisconsin. Exhibition sponsors include Bon and Holly French, Union Pacific Foundation, and CSX Foundation with promotional support provided by Metra.

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