Railroad Vision (March 3 to June 23, 2002)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 5 to June 23, 2002
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Tramway do Rio do Ouro/Vista do trem de serviço
Marc Ferrez (Brazilian, 1843 - 1923)
Brazil (Place depicted)
Gelatin silver printing-out paper print
26.5 x 39.4 cm (10 7/16 x 15 1/2 in.)
One train halts on a track, while another train with a much larger steam engine waits behind it. A number of individuals on the train pose for the photographer, a customary practice in railroad photographs. Marc Ferrez made this image to document one of the new railroads expanding throughout Brazil in the 1880s for state-sponsored geological commission, but it also demonstrates a clear disparity between two socio-economic classes. A group of laborers stands out in the sun on the left, while the well-dressed men on the right remain under the shade of a canopy.