Living Room on the Tracks, Lithia, Virginia, December 16, 1958

  • O. Winston Link, Living Room on the Tracks, Lithia, Virginia, December 16, 1958, 1958, printed 1984, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1984, O. Winston Link, Gift of Vladimir and Eileen Toumanoff, 1991.151.8

Exhibition Label
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
Title
Living Room on the Tracks, Lithia, Virginia, December 16, 1958
Artist
Date
1958, printed 1984
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Vladimir and Eileen Toumanoff

Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – Virginia – Lithia
Object Number
1991.151.8
Palette
Linked Open Data
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