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Jeff Brouws, born in 1955 in San Francisco, California, is a self-taught photographer who started making images at age 13 while roaming the railroad and industrial corridors of the South Bay Peninsula. Over his thirty-five year involvement with photography Brouws has co-authored or authored eights books, including A Passion for Trains: The Railroad Photography of Richard Steinheimer (W.W. Norton, 2004);Approaching Nowhere (W.W. Norton 2006); and The Call of Trains: Railroad Photographs of Jim Shaughnessy (W.W. Norton, 2008).

Through his rail-related interests, Brouws has also had numerous essays, articles and photographs published in Trains, Locomotive and Railway Preservation, Railroad Heritage, and the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society’s Quarterly. He also received (along with Richard Steinheimer) the R&LHS’s prestigious George and Constance Hilton book award in 2005 for A Passion for Trains.

Brouws’s fine art photography has been featured in Blind Spot and The New Yorker, is represented by galleries in the United States and Europe, and can be found in numerous public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Harvard’s Fogg Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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