Most careers end with a train wreck.
Don Dudenbostel’s career as a photographer began with one in 1957.
He was around 9 years old and living in Oak Ridge when a center span of Elza Gate trestle on the east side of town collapsed, sending a train and cars loaded with coal into the Clinch River. His father took young Don out to the accident site to see for himself what the town was talking about. But not before he could grab his Brownie Starflash so he could make what he remembers as his first documentary image.
Today, his documentary and commercial photography has been nationally and internationally recognized. He’s got a shelf full of awards and, in the middle of them all, now getting a little dusty having been long since replaced by the more expensive and professional grade cameras Dudenbostel uses in his work now, he’s still got his Brownie Starflash.