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Shirley Burman

Shirley Burman

Shirley Burman is a documentary photographer, artist and railroad women's historian. Working for the California State Parks in the 1970s as an illustrator and photographer, she was assigned to the California State Railroad Museum during its construction. She has lectured on women and the railroads at the Smithsonian, the Oakland Museum, Penn State University and others. She and her husband, Richard Steinheimer, collaborated on commercial photography with an emphasis on railroads. She is writing her memoirs about photographing trains with her late husband. For more on Shirley's work on women and railroading see: www.americanrailroadwomen.com.

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Richard Steinheimer toting his heavy camera bag and photographing another sunset, at Lavic in the Mojave. | Shirley Burman
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A Date with the Ansel Adams of Railroad Photography

Shirley Burman Steinheimer’s story tells of her first date with Richard Steinheimer. It was a prelude to one of the great untold romances of the desert.
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