David Plowden

Friday, January 11, 2008

Kurt meets up with David Plowden in a city park overlooking Manhattan’s East River, not far from where the photographer grew up. Plowden describes the stoic grain elevators and ferocious steam locomotives he’s captured over the last 50+ years. Many of them are collected in Plowden's striking book Vanishing Point. "Vanishing" because the people and places in it have disappeared from the American Midwest.

    Music Playlist
  1. Alvin's Theme
    Artist: Angelo Badalamenti
    Album: The Straight Story: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Label: RCA Victor
    Purchase: Amazon
  2. Laurens Walking
    Artist: Angelo Badalamenti
    Album: The Straight Story: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Label: RCA Victor
    Purchase: Amazon


David Plowden

Comments [6]

Steven Metzer from Chicago

I really enjoyed that piece quite a lot. I really enjoy the manner in which David tells stories or explains something. He has a great voice and has lived an amazing life not to mention a master photographer. Great interview, thanks again.

Dec. 09 2010 11:08 AM
Jenny Lawton from Studio 360

Hi Mike -- The music you're looking for is a track called "Laurens Walking" from Angelo Badalamenti's score for the movie "The Straight Story" (RCA Victor). For future reference, we've added a music listing under each segment on the episode page -- just click on "Music" and the info you need should be there.

Jan. 16 2008 10:28 AM
Mike Rosiak from Philadelphia PA (WHYY)

The interview with David Plowden was fascinating (my wife and I both are photographers), but the violin music played at the conclusion is a piece I'd love to ask you to identify.

Thank you.

Jan. 14 2008 09:20 PM
Jenny Lawton from Studio 360

Hi Mark -- It is, indeed, Carl Schurz Park between 84th and 90th Streets, east of East End Avenue. It's a beautiful little park -- but we kept our description brief so as not to belabor the introduction to the true star of the piece, David Plowden. But yes, important information -- glad to clarify.

Jan. 14 2008 01:26 PM
george wright from manhattan, new york city

1/13/08--The three queens from England will sail out of our city today---am especially excited due to the fact that my late mother's first job out of the orphanage was for the Cunard line! your 360 broadcast this morning was superb from end to end! I was most impressed by your interview with the photographer David Plowden---am calling my local bookstore to get a copy---love his passion and talent, and recognition of so many things that have made this country the envy of the world! God bless and keep up the good work---am glad my annual gift to WNYC in New York is so well rewarded! The Taras Bulba & Scranton bits--Great!!

Jan. 13 2008 08:45 AM
mark krone from Boston, MA

I grew up near Carl Scherz Park on the East River in New York's Upper East Side. Was this the park Plowden met with Studio 360? It is referred to as "a New York park." I always find it factually insufficient when reporters neglect to indicate place. This segment about place, should have indicated where the interview occurred. Otherwise, I very much enjoyed it. Thank you.

Jan. 12 2008 08:07 PM

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