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Est. 1970 - 71


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50 Years of Phoenix




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order your copy today.

2021 represents a significant milestone in the history of the Phoenix Railway-Photographic Circle with the celebration of our 50th anniversary by publishing a book to showcase some of the members work, past and present, from 1971 to the present day.

The book contains 14 chapters and 144 pages of photographs depicting the work of over 50 accomplished railway photographers with many differing styles and approaches. It takes an alternative view on photographing the railway scene over the past 50 years.

'50 Years of Phoenix' was published on 14
th May 2021.





The Circle was formed in 1970 – 71 to encourage alternative photography of what was then the 'modern' scene. Half a century later the Circle's aim remains the same: portraying the contemporary railway scene in an expanded pictorial or avant-garde style. In the spring of 1971 a system of postal circulating portfolios was  established, where members appraise and critique one anothers work. The first portfolios contained only
 black & white prints, but were soon supplemented by  
a colour transparency section, with its own portfolios.



HST at Largin Viaduct, by Jim Knight.


Signalman's duties at night, by Dafydd Whyles.

The arrival of digital photography led to a sea-change, and  today the print portfolios contain both colour and black & white work, and are supplemented by quarterly online  critique  portfolios containing  the same mix. In  recent years  the Circle’s activity has expanded into a monthly online display gallery that is visible to the public. Several successful exhibitions of members work have  been held  at venues such as the National Railway Museum, York, the Scottish Railway Exhibition  in  Bo'ness,  and the Bateman Gallery at Carnforth Railway Station. The Circle’s work ha s  been published  in  various enthusiast magazines over the years, and also in  book form under the editorship of founder and President A.W. (Wyn)  Hobson: Modern Rail Album, BR Diesels and Electrics Around Britain,
 and Trains of Thought.

In addition to an  Annual General Meeting,  at which policies and plans are discussed, occasional  social events are organised, including  visits to railway locations that present substantial photographic opportunities, and  workshop  sessions focusing on particular photographic techniques.  All members are encouraged to attend. Please feel free to browse through the galleries and articles, and also the
 ‘Phoenix Journal.


Light trails at Victoria, by Robert France.


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What's in the boxes?

Circulating portolios, known as the print boxes, have been a mainstay of Phoenix since its inception in 1971. For the first time we can now view a selection of images that are currently doing the rounds.

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