U.Va. Art Museum Tracks A Lost Culture With The Exhibition “Steam
Power: Railroad Photographs Of O. Winston Link”
September 29, 2003 --
Power: Railroad Photographs of O. Winston Link”
Saturday, Oct. 11 – Sunday, Dec. 21
of Virginia Art Museum
Exhibition Reception: Fourth Friday
Friday, Oct. 24, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
In the museum
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.
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 5:30 p.m.
Campbell Hall, Room 153
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
in 1955, Link made more than 20 trips over a
five-year period photographing the towns and countryside on
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
part of the fabric of our lives. It is this quality
he captures so tellingly in his photographs.
in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1914, Link worked as a commercial photographer.
skill in making industrial
required special camera techniques and lighting
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
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.
died in 2001, and his life and work
is soon to be presented publicly in the O.
Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, Va.
exhibition was organized by The History
Museum and Historical Society of Western
of Thomas H. Garver, who was Link’s
studio assistant in New York from mid-1957
and who is the organizing curator for the
O. Winston Link Museum.
U.Va. Art Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Limited parking is available
details about the exhibit and information about the museum, call
(434) 924-3592 or
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Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298