Living Room on the Tracks, Lithia, Virginia, December 16, 1958
1958, printed 1984 O. Winston Link Born: New York, New York 1914 Died: South Salem, New York 2001 gelatin silver print sheet: 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Vladimir and Eileen Toumanoff © 1984, O. Winston Link 1991.151.8 Not currently on view
When the Norfolk and Western Railway Company announced its conversion from steam to diesel locomotives in 1955, O. Winston Link, an industrial photographer, began to document the line that would ultimately mark the end of the steam era in the United States. By the time he made his last photograph of this series in 1960, he had made over 2,400 negatives. Link took most of his railroad photographs at night, developing new techniques for flash photography and dramatic lighting. His photographs were exactingly set up and posed to appear like stills from a movie, in which a locomotive is a player in a scene of domestic or social life.
A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013
Landscape - Virginia - Lithia
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