The Romance of Trains

O. Winston Link "Hot Shot Eastbound at the Iaeger Drive In, Iaeger, West Virginia, 1956"

From 1955 to 1960, O. Winston Link traveled to Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina more than twenty times to document the steam locomotives of the Norfolk & Western Railway.  Link’s documentation of these disappearing machines is symbolic of the rapidly changing way of life in post-war America.

Taking almost thirty years from the time the first picture was taken until the work was first exhibited, Link’s images are now part of the collections of MOMA, The Getty, The Met and LACMA.

“Trains That Passed in the Night: The Photographs of O. Winston Link” will be on view at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem NC. Comprised of fifty black & white gelatin silver prints, this exhibit also  features images of Link and the staging of his  highly technical imagery. Organized by his former assistant, Thomas Garver  who collaborated with the Center for Railroad Photography & Art,  these photographs are on view from February 19 – June 19.

For those reading this who are not familiar with the work of O. Winston Link,  you are missing something special as there is no other way to describe this work as other than great. And how fortunate for me that I will be speaking in Charlotte on March 19. An extra day and a trip to Winston-Salem is definitely now part of my plan…