Cooke, Brian, photographer.
Title THE FALL AND RISE OF STEAM.
Publisher Jane's, London, 1982, first edition.
Seller ID 19709
128 pp, oblong 8vo (8 9/16" H x 11 1/2" D), hard cover in dust jacket. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. ISBN 0710602006 "....one man's personal, photographic record of the steam locomotive's elimination from Britain's nationalised rail way network and its subsequent reappearance as a source of recreation and pleasure. Brian Cooke brings to his subject a rare combination of the technique and skills of a professional creative photographer coupled with first-hand knowledge o f t h e s t eam locomotive both on and off the footplate. His pictures remind us of steam's melancholy rundown, with emphasis on scenes in his native north-east England; they bring fresh glimpses of the unique Barry scrapyard which has proved s uc h a v al ua b le s ource of motive power for the increasingly ambitious preservation movement; and they conclude with a striking series of images of the steam locomotive in recent times at work and rest on and of BR tracks. Manifest in this re mar ka bl e c oll ect io n o f o ver 150 finely reproduced pictures are Brian Cooke's fresh approach to recording the drama of steam and his painstaking darkroom technique. Supported by a lively and often humourous commentary on steam locomotives a nd t hos e w ho p ursu e th em. ...N otes on equipment, materials and techniques used to make the photographs form the subject of a concise appendix." Soft corner crease on title page, minor edge wear to boards. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/ bott om o f spi ne an d fla p-fo lds, light creases at top of rear panel, minor rubbing. Very Good+/Very Good