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The U.Va. Art Museum Tracks A Lost Culture With The Exhibition “Steam Power: Railroad Photographs Of O. Winston Link”

September 29, 2003 --

WHAT: “Steam Power: Railroad Photographs of O. Winston Link”

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 11 – Sunday, Dec. 21

WHERE University of Virginia Art Museum

WHAT: Exhibition Reception: Fourth Friday

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 24, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

WHERE: In the museum

WHAT: Exhibition Lecture — “A Photographer with a Cause: O. Winston Link in Context
By Thomas H. Garver, exhibition curator and organizing curator, O. Winston Link Museum, Roanoke, Va.

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 5, 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Campbell Hall, Room 153

O. Winston Link’s photographs of the final years of steam railroading on the Norfolk & Western Railway are one of the best records of this vanished form of transportation. Beginning in 1955, Link made more than 20 trips over a five-year period photographing the towns and countryside on the N&W line. While Link is best known for the photographs of the railroad he made at night so that he could better control the light, he also captured the life and culture of the railroad, its people and the folks who lived along the line, at all hours of the day. For Link, the steam railroad was a vital ingredient to the good life of America, an essential part of the fabric of our lives. It is this quality he captures so tellingly in his photographs.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1914, Link worked as a commercial photographer. He displayed great skill in making industrial photographs that required special camera techniques and lighting effects. Combining these talents with his passion for the fast-disappearing steam locomotive, he staged shots of locomotives taken with synchronized flash as they crossed high trestles at night or roared through dramatically lit towns. A videotape, “Trains That Passed in the Night,” following subjects of Link’s photographs and the set-ups he made to snap them, will be shown during the exhibition in the museum. Link died in 2001, and his life and work is soon to be presented publicly in the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, Va.

The exhibition was organized by The History Museum and Historical Society of Western Virginia in Roanoke from the collection of Thomas H. Garver, who was Link’s studio assistant in New York from mid-1957 to mid-1958 and who is the organizing curator for the O. Winston Link Museum.

The U.Va. Art Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Limited parking is available behind the museum.

For details about the exhibit and information about the museum, call (434) 924-3592 or visit the Web site at

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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