Sunday, September 28, 2014

A seminal exhibition by the much-missed photographer John Fasulo

The posthumous exhibit "A Trilogy of Trains: Images from Around the Bend and Across the Sea" currently on show at Hudson Beach Glass until Nov 2nd is a must-see.  An intimate and touching portrait of a lifetime's work, the exhibition is beautifully curated by Fasulo's close friend and photographer, Joseph Squillante.

“The Engineer” Kevin McGarvey © John Fasulo, 1974
Kevin McGarvey, Engineer, Livonia, Avon & Lakeville RR 1974

Fasulo said of this image: “One photograph that has a special place in my heart is simply called, ‘The Engineer’. 
There is a great story about the engineer depicted in the photo; I’ve always thought this photograph personified the American railroad worker.  This past year, 2013, you could say that idea was verified when the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) chose it for the cover of their just published 150-year history of the Union.”

Fasulo credits his grandfather "Pop" - a machinist for the New York Central Railroad - for igniting his passion for both trains and photography, his preferred medium to capture life on the railroads.  From a young age, he joined his Pop on trips to New York Central’s Harmon Diesel & Electric Shops. This opened up a world to Fasulo that was to inspire his work for decades.

"A Trilogy of Trains" includes a number of seminal works from Fasulo's substantial body of photographs portraying railroads and steam engines, including a favorite of the photographer's "The Engineer" (illus.). These striking, unforgettable photographs give us an extraordinary insight into the last generation of steam trains and the unsung heroes who worked the tracks. Squillante describes the exhibition as "a testament to Fasulo's legacy as a great photographer and chronicler of the grandeur of man and machine. He had the spirit to inspire and motivate all those he met. He loved life and most of all his family… just like Pop before him."

Aside from chronicling the railroads, Fasulo spent many years working behind the camera for CBS, NBC, ABC and Good Morning America. Plans to tour the exhibition are in motion for 2015. Details to follow. 

All sales from the show will go into a college fund for Maya Fasulo, daughter of Cecile and John. For further information, see link:

Current exhibition details: Hudson Beach Glass | 162 Main Street | Beacon | NY 12508
Exhibition dates: September 13th - November 2nd, 2014 
Opening times: Daily 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-6pm | Tel: 845 400 0068  

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