India’s Disappearing Railways
Friday 27 March 2015
Oxford Martin School: Seminar RoomVenue
Catherine Anderson gives an illustrated talk on the India’s Disappearing Railways, a photographic journey recorded by her late partner, the photojournalist and travel writer, Angus McDonald, and published posthumously. McDonald died in 2013 while travelling in Myanmar, a year after becoming ill with terminal cancer. McDonald grew up in India and spent five years compiling India’s Disappearing Railways as a tribute to the country he loved. India’s narrow-gauge railways cross some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and the photos provide an intimate and humorous portrait of life on lines such as the Darjeeling-Himalayan Railway – the oldest mountain railway in the world – and the historic Kalka-Shimla line.
Anderson is editor of India’s Disappearing Railways and curated an accompanying exhibition at the RGS in London. She is founder of The Angus McDonald Trust, a grant-making foundation set up to donate to healthcare projects in rural Myanmar. Her memoir, A Death in Yangon, will be published in 2015, and for her next book, she will follow MacDonald’s 1994 journey from China to Myanmar.