John Free - End of the Line: Railroad Tramps of the Los Angeles Freight Yards
60 duotone plates
Photograph(s) by John Free
29 x 30 cm
Hardback. Hardbound, cloth cover and paper dust jacket
Limited edition of 1000 signed copies
One day in 1974 John Free took his white dog Casper and his black Nikon camera to the Los Angeles Freight yards on an invite from a stranger to meet under a bridge to see "how a real tramp lives." Under that bridge he found the "Home Guard of the Taylor Yard," at the End of the Line, as far west as one could travel on trains and the best place for an old railroad tramp like shorty, Old Man PeeWee or Bobbi K, to live out their days. It's a part of Los Angeles that is now gone.
"They thought I was interested in the trains but it was their stories, their smiles and my respect for them that kept me coming back."
End of the Line is a collection of John's black and white, candid, full frame available light photographs. These rare historical images document a place an culture that no longer exists. The book also includes the unique and moving stories told to John by the tramps as well as John's approach to getting to know these unique people and his unique photographic techniques. The Foreword by his son Scott describes what it was like growing up as a street photographer's son.
Also included are an historical perspective by Kevin Keefe, former editor of Trains Magazine, a glossary of tramp terminology and technical details of the photographs.