Great Northern Railway "Extra 3387 East"
Near Delano, Minnesota

Great Northern Railway "Extra 3387 East"
Near Delano, Minnesota
(1956) (close-up)

Canadian Pacific Railway Locomotive Number 2412, Montreal, Quebec

Canadian Pacific Railway Locomotives in Snowstorm, Montreal, Quebec (1960)

Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, Locomotive taking sand, Chama, New Mexico

Canadian Pacific Railway, Trains departing Windsor Station, Montreal, Quebec

Erie Lackawanna Railroad, Westbound "Phoebe Snow" at Scranton, Pennsylvania

Ollie Woodcock, deckhand, Tug Julia C. Moran undocking liner, New York, NY

Ferryboat Orange in Hudson River, Approaching Newburgh, New York

Captain Jacobsen, in Pilothouse of New York Central Tug No. 18, Weehawken New Jersey

Hoboken Ferry Terminal, from the ferryboat Chatham, Hoboken, New Jersey (1960)

Tyrone Bridge, Kentucky River, Tyrone, Kentucky (1968)

Susquehanna River Bridges, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (1969)

The Jefferson Barracks Bridge, Mississippi River (1998)

Yaquina Bay Bridge, Newport, Oregon (1968)

The Lethbridge Viaduct, Lethbridge,

Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Railway bridges arcross Fraser River, Siska Creek, BC (1968)

Charging Open Hearth Furnace, Steel Mill, East Chicago, Indiana (1979)

Casting, Steel Mill, East Chicago,

Slagging Ingots, Steel Mill, East Chicago, Indiana (1979)

Steamer Kinsman Independent,unloading cement clinker at Superior, Wisconsin (1985)

Steamer Kinsman Independent, Duluth, Minnesota (1985)

Cleaning hold, Steamer Crispin Oglebay

Taconite Mine, Mesabi Range,

Norfolk & Western Railway yard, Welch,
West Viriginia

Steve, Davy, West Virginia (1974)

Girl in Window, Cresson, Pennsylvania (1975)

Statue of Liberty from Caven Point Road,
Jersey City, New Jersey

Marion Baustian, Guernsey, Iowa (1986)

Auburn City Hardware, Auburn, Indiana (2005)

Pittsfield, New Hampshire (1999)

Storekeeper, Watrous, New Mexico (1971)

Dessie Higgenbottom, owner, Dessie's Bar and Grill, Pocohontas, Viriginia (1974)

Helen Nelson's Beauty Shop, Alta Vista,

Kelley Bradley, Scotch Grove, May (1987)

The Western House, Springville, NY (1992)

Judy Wright's Living Room, Springville,
New York

Cazenovia, NY (1966)

Abandoned Barn, Barns County, ND (1973)

Peoria County, Illinois (2003)

Abandoned Grain Elevators, Arena,
North Dakota

Church, Saline County, MO (1974)

Isabella County, Michigan

Farmstead, near Peotone,
Will County, IL

Great Northern Railway, Westbound Freight Train, West of Havre, MT (1968)

Cooling Tower Nuclear Plant, Indiana,

East of Las Vegas, New Mexico, (1971)

Grain Elevators, Golden Valley, ND (1971)

Grain Elevator, North Topeka, Kansas (1968)

General Mills Elevator, Buffalo, New York (1985)

Former Colorado & Southern Railroad Tracks, Greenville, New Mexico, (1971)

We are thrilled to present "David Plowden: Vanishing Point," a retrospective exhibition surveying the career of one of Chicago's most prolific and respected photographers. With more than twenty books published on his work, Vanishing Point is his newest release which coincides with fifty years of picture making and his 75th birthday.

David Plowden is regarded as one of the most dedicated photographers of vanishing America – the man-made American of small towns, family owned farms, mom n' pop stores, steam railroads, ships and majestic viaducts and bridges. Journeying along the back roads and highways of the United States, Plowden photographs details often overlooked by the common traveler, stopping to admire a vast field of wheat, a window pane on the side of a rural church, the ragged edge of a wind-torn barn and the silence of small towns. Along the way, he introduces us to people who live in the heart of America, including the proprietor of a local general store in Iowa, a mechanic working on a steam locomotive, a child riding his bicycle along Main street and a steel worker slagging ingots in an Indiana steel mill.

Through stunning black and white photographs, Plowden documents a fading landscape that is giving way to big box America and suburban construction. As more and more communities find themselves disappearing, Plowden is there to solidify their place in America's history. Like Walker Evans, his friend and mentor, Plowden is driven by a need to document -- a need to expose all that is vanishing.