O. Winston Link (American, b. 1914-2001)
Originally trained as a civil engineer, Link worked for over forty years as a commercial photographer, producing photographs suited to his client’s needs. Link’s most famous project, the series of the Norfolk and Western Railway, was the result of Link’s desire to document a part of United States’ history that was quickly fading. Link’s purpose was to photograph the end of the steam engine in such a way that the images would be a lasting tribute to this period. Unlike the street photography of the time which only used available light, Link’s technique employed elaborate staging and synchronization of flashes on a large scale. In addition, Link used a large-format camera as opposed to the popular 35mm.
Link has published two books of his work: Steam, Steel, and Stars, (1987) and The Last Steam Railroad in America (1995). His images are included in the collections of museums and galleries worldwide and is possible to own a piece of Link’s history of the steam engine.