By Brian D’Ambrosio

Railroad Photographer Martin Matlack

There was a tradition in Martin Matlack’s family that when each of the four children turned 11, they were bestowed with the gift of their first camera.

Father George Matlack was a self-taught photographer and chemist who developed his own picture slides in the kitchen of the Matlack home in Los Alamos. His children aided the process, watching as colorful imagery emerged out of the makeshift darkroom. Martin’s fascination with the progression of photography took hold there.

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