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O. Winston Link

Hot Shot Eastbound, Iaeger, WV 1956

O. Winston Link was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1914.
He passed away in 2001.

Known for:
Dramatically lit night photographs of steam trains.

Most Popular Images:
"Hot Shot Eastbound, Iaeger, WV 1956"; "Hawksbill Creek Swimming Hole, Luray VA";
"The Birmingham Special Gets The Highball at Rural Retreat"

Did you know ... ?
• Link was trained as a civil engineer but worked professionally as a photographer for public relation firms before starting the trains project.
• Link spent some time photographing secret military projects for the army.
• His ex-wife was serving time in prison for stealing 2 million dollars worth of Link's photographs. The stolen photographs were recently recovered.

“I was one man and I tackled a big railroad. I did my best."

General Format:
16” x 20" Silver gelatin prints.

How many photographs exist?
Link printed in unnumbered editions, usually there are 100 or less of each image.
For "Hot Shot", there are approximately 350.


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How are the photographs printed and signed?
Printed by O. Winston Link. Signed au verso (back of the photograph) in pencil. Many are stamped on the back as well.

Vintage photographs are rare. Vintage means that the print date is at or near the same time as the negative date.

Technical Information:
Link used a 4" x 5", tri-pod mounted camera with small aperture to preserve depth of field. He used his technical expertise to design lighting to resemble the patterns found in small towns and train yards. Single flashbulbs were remote controlled and synchronized for the precise moment when the train passed. No strobes were used.


Books - In Print:
Steam,Steel, and Stars
- hardback, $19.98

A Gallery for Fine Photography has a good selection of photographs by O. Winston Link

Price History:
1975: Not available
1985: $600 - $1,500
1995: $1,500 - 4,500

The Birmingham Special Gets the Highball at Rural Retreat

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