O. Winston Link NW1966 Mail Line on Main Street West Virginia 1958 Silver Print

Sale price$5,200.00


A captivating silver print photograph titled “NW1966 Mail Line on Main Street (North Folk, West Virginia) by famed photographer O. Winston Link. Photograph was taken in 1958. On verso hand signed in pencil. Stamped with O. Winston Link 1982. A visually stunning photograph featuring the American steam locomotive passing through a quaint downtown at night. From a private collection. Dimensions of Photograph: 15.5”h x 19.75”w / 20.5”h x 24.5”w (framed). In very good vintage condition. Trained as a civil engineer, photographer O. Winston Link (1914-2001) was captivated by the American steam locomotive and its imminent demise, spending the late 1950s documenting its final years before the advent of diesel engine trains. His best-known work, the resulting portfolio of black-and-white photographs captures the last steam trains of the Norfolk & Western Railway line and the small Virginia towns through which they ran—an elegiac portrait of the end of an era. By photographing the trains as seen through a living room window, from the edge of a public pool, or over the tops of cars parked at a drive-in, Link effectively showed how closely interwoven these technological relics were with the landscapes and lives through which they passed. Winston helped establish the ubiquity of rail photography and pioneered the use of night photography significantly.

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