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Signed in pencil verso

Trained as a civil engineer, photographer O. Winston Link was captivated by the American steam locomotive and its imminent demise, spending the late 1950s documenting its final years before the advent of diesel engine trains. His best-known work, the resulting portfolio of black-and-white photographs captures the last steam trains of the Norfolk & Western Railway line and the small Virginia towns through which they ran—an elegiac portrait of the end of an era. By photographing the trains as seen through a living room window, from the edge of a public pool, or over the tops of cars parked at a drive-in, Link effectively showed how closely interwoven these technological relics were with the landscapes and lives through which they passed. Winston helped establish the ubiquity of rail photography and pioneered the use of night photography significantly.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2021
HOW EXQUISITELY HUMAN WE AREScheinbaum & Russek Ltd.
2020
Private Consignment Salon and SaleJackson Fine Art
2013
American Darkness: O Winston Link and Gregory CrewdsonDanziger Gallery
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Hester Fringer’s Living Room on the Tracks, Lithia, V.A., 1955

Silver gelatin print
16 × 20 in
40.6 × 50.8 cm
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Atlanta
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Medium
Signature
Signed in pencil verso

Trained as a civil engineer, photographer O. Winston Link was captivated by the American steam locomotive and its imminent demise, spending the late 1950s documenting its final years before the advent of diesel engine trains. His best-known work, the resulting portfolio of black-and-white photographs captures the last steam trains of the Norfolk & Western Railway line and the small Virginia towns through which they ran—an elegiac portrait of the end of an era. By photographing the trains as seen through a living room window, from the edge of a public pool, or over the tops of cars parked at a drive-in, Link effectively showed how closely interwoven these technological relics were with the landscapes and lives through which they passed. Winston helped establish the ubiquity of rail photography and pioneered the use of night photography significantly.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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Other works from Jackson Fine Art
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