John Sanderson


Born 1983 in New York City, John Sanderson began photography at age 13. His first subjects were excursion steam railroads in northeastern Pennsylvania, where he began to express his compassion for the landscape and communicate a sense of place through pictures. At the behest of a mentor in high school, he began photographing with the large format camera. While struggling with the camera's cautioned slowness at first, by his early twenties he became comfortable with it and began photographing beyond his native New York City. From 2014 to 2016, Sanderson's railroad landscapes, stemming from his early train photography, were the subject of a solo exhibition at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been featured on many photography websites, publications and NBC News. In 2013 and 2015 he was recipient of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art's docent scholarship and travel grant, in summer 2015 embarked on a crowd-funded photography trip through the northern mountain states culminating in Wyoming. He was most recently selected for the Royal Photographic Society's International Print Exhibition. His work is in the collection of the MTA Metro North Railroad, TransitCenter, New York Transit Museum, NTR Partners, Center for Railroad Photography & Art and various private collections.

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