A recent email brought the sad news of the passing of Dutch railway photographer Hans Steeneken. The email was from someone who has now got access to his emails, and he said that he died ‘last June 6th’, but I’ve just checked my emails and my last email from Hans was September 2011, so I presume he means June 6th 2012.
I’d corresponded with Hans for a couple of years since he got in touch with me after I blogged on his book ‘All trains To Stop’, and although I didn’t know him that well, we discussed photography, cameras, and shared book recommendations on railway photographers and industrial decay.
Hans was looking for a publisher for a book he’d put together of his photographs of the steam railways of India, I don’t know if he had been successful in doing so at this point, and whether his estate will be able to follow this through.
I don’t know any more details at this point, but I’ll leave you with this photo taken at Preston Station that Hans sent me in one of his last emails, taken in 1966.