Richard Koenig — Contemporary Views

Contemporary Views Along the Route of the First Transcontinental Railroad 

I follow in the footsteps of photographers Alfred A. Hart and A. J. Russell who expertly recorded the construction of the road. But this is not a re-photography project—it is, rather, photography as archaeology. In making a comprehensive series of photographs along the original route, my goal is to give the viewer as strong of a connection as possible to this 19th century engineering marvel through the remaining visual evidence of the human-altered landscape. And while not visible, I also hope to evoke the various peoples involved with the railroad, as well as those affected by it.

— Richard Koenig, Genevieve U. Gilmore Professor of Art, Kalamazoo College.