O. Winston Link

(Brooklyn, New York, 1914 - 2001, South Salem, New York)

S1 Switching Locomotive and its Crew, Roanoke, Virginia

September 1958 (printed 1995)

Gelatin silver print

13 3/4 x 52 7/8 in. (35.1 x 134.4 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of Thomas H. Garver to honor the Akron Art Museum and curator Carolyn Kinder Carr for organizing Winston Link’s first art museum exhibition, June 1983


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The Class S1 engine was made by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway in 1948 and purchased just two years later by the N&W as the C&O converted to diesel. Link wanted to create a panoramic view of the massive steam machines he loved, but was unable to do so with the equipment he used during the project. In 1958, Link took seven vertical shots of the train, a Class S1 engine, and its five-man crew with his 4x5 camera. Pictured, from left to right, are Frank Anderson, brakeman; Joe Robertson, conductor; John L. Giles, engineer; Harry V. Crigger, fireman; and John W. Coles, brakeman. Link finally realized his goal in 1995, when he was able to combine the negatives digitally and print them traditionally.

Black and White
United States