O. Winston Link

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

Highball for the Double Header, Blue Ridge Grade, near Bonsack, Virginia

April 23, 1959 (printed later)

Gelatin silver print

15 1/2 x 19 1/4 in. (39.4 x 49.0 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of Thomas H. Garver


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Link designed this scene to be shot in color for use as the album cover of his third published recording of train sounds. One of only two color images shot at night, it was simultaneously captured in black and white in one of three cameras that all set off at 3:40 am. This photograph, like most of Link’s railroad images, had been planned for months. It took 32 regular flash bulbs for the main scene and three less powerful ones in the shack and lanterns to balance the light. Since it was near the end of the project and steam was increasingly rare, the railroad cooperated fully, even removing the water car customarily placed between the two engines.

United States
Black and White
Gelatin Silver