Scott Lothes, photo by Kyle Weismann-Yee
Scott Lothes, an accomplished railroad photographer with a degree in mechanical engineering and experience in magazine journalism, has been named executive director of the Center.
"I welcome Scott Lothes
to the full-time position with the Center.
In accepting the position, Lothes (pronounced low'-tess) noted the Center's interest in the railroad worker and its ties to the academic study of railroads and railroading.
"I wish to continue developing them," he
said, "as well as pushing forward with the Center's forays into social media as well as backwards into the publishing of historical articles about railroad art as well as railroad photography.
I have a life-long interest in the railroad's history-making impact on America, and everyone in my family will testify to my passion for railroad photography."
and his wife, Maureen Muldoon, will move from Oregon City, Oregon, to Madison, Wisconsin.
railroad photography, Lothes
, 32, focuses on the relationship between railroads and landscapes (both natural and cultural).
began photographing seriously in 1999, and in 2003 he
won the Trains and Canon photography contest (see bottom photo at left).
tied for third place in the Center's Creative Photography Awards Program in 2005 (third photo at left) and tied for first place in 2006 (top photo at left).
then served on the awards program's panel of judges in 2008 and 2009.
nearly 300 photographs in print publications include covers for all of the major railroad magazines, and staff at Trains selected one of his
photos for the 100 Greatest Railroad Photos special issue (see second photo at left).
In 2010 Lothes
first solo photography exhibition at the Midland Center for the Arts
in Midland, Michigan, which retained one of his
prints for its permanent collection.
Growing up along CSX's former Chesapeake & Ohio main line near Charleston, West Virginia, he
learned to count by watching 100-car coal trains.
He was graduated magna cum laude in 2002 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, with a degree in mechanical engineering, aiming to design diesel locomotives.
Instead, his first full-time job was as the assistant editor of the engineering magazine Sound & Vibration.
also has undertaken independent studies focused on railroads' representation in literature, which led to his
"Great Writers' Lessons for Railroad Photographers" presentation at the Center's 2008 Conversations about Photography conference.
articles have appeared Trains, Locomotive, Railfan & Railroad, Railroads Illustrated, Railroad Heritage
, and The Oregonian
in Portland, Oregon.
In 2005, Lothes left the engineering magazine to follow his college girlfriend, Maureen Muldoon, to Asia, where they married and spent nearly two years traveling, living, and working.
Since 2007, Lothes
has been self-employed as a freelance writer, photographer, and Web designer, based out of western Oregon.
He joined the Center's staff part-time in 2008.