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date: 12 December 2019

Link, O(gle) Winstonlocked

(b Brooklyn, NY, Dec 16, 1911; d South Salem, NY, Jan 30, 2001).

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(b Brooklyn, NY, Dec 16, 1911; d South Salem, NY, Jan 30, 2001).

American photographer. He worked as an advertising and public relations photographer, but from 1955, spurred by his obsessive interest in steam trains, he devoted himself to photographing the trains and workers of the Norfolk and Western Railway, situated mostly in Virginia. He worked generally at night using vast banks of simultaneously triggered flash-bulbs, so allowing him to manipulate the images as desired. The Norfolk and Western was the last railway to change to diesel, and he thus recorded the last days of the steam era in America through a series of striking black-and-white photographs. They were first published in the 1980s.

Link, O. Winston America’s Last Steam Railroad: Steam, Steel and Stars, text by T. Hensley and T. H. Garver (New York, 1987) The Last Steam Railroad in America: From Tidewater to Whitetop, text by T. H. Garver (New York, 1995) Ghost Trains: Railroad Photographs of the 1950s by O. Winston Link...

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