Jean Dulez was born in Grenoble, France, but emigrated to South Africa as a youngster with his parents in 1951, so has lived in South Africa the majority of his life. Jean went to school in the Johannesburg area and earned an interest in trains during primary school days whilst on holiday trips with his parents. There was still plenty of steam about in the late 1950s and Jean recalls getting rather sooty whilst he and his friend took photographs.
At high school he was given
his first 35mm camera and teamed up with another enthusiast friend, from
the same school class, to go photographing at the local steam sheds, such
as Germiston. At the time they could only afford black and white
photography, and enthusiast excursions had to be done by bicycle or by
train, further afield.
has travelled all over Southern
Africa and to many countries overseas and has taken thousands of railway
photographs. Although an avid steam train enthusiast, he
nevertheless photographs and takes an active interest in modern traction
as well, so can be classified as a "real railway enthusiast".
the early 1980s Jean shifted
to video as a medium of capturing his love of trains and has ever since
extensively documented the local railway scene on video and has made these
videos available through the trade name "Vidrail Productions". At the
time of writing, August 2011, over 80 different programmes have been released.
To date Jean estimates to have more than 500 hours of
mainly steam action on video. Many of these programmes are sent to
overseas enthusiasts as demand for Southern African Steam Train videos is
Jean is an active Railway Society of SA (Reef branch) committee member and has published many articles dealing with the various steam tours seen in Southern Africa over the years. Jean is also involved with various railway books featuring locomotives and trains in various countries of the Sub African Continent. A major project for 2010 was the 150th anniversary detailed book on the history of locomotives and trains of South African Railways, since the modest start way back in 1860, as outlined in the SAR 150 stamp issue.
Jean welcomes any comments, suggestions, or enquiries. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org