Image: Summer Evening, Lithia, Virginia
(Brooklyn, New York, 1914 - 2001, South Salem, New York)

Summer Evening, Lithia, Virginia , July 31, 1955 (printed 1982-83)

Gelatin silver print
15 1/2  x 19 5/8 in. (39.37  x 49.85 cm)
Museum Acquisition Fund
Link found the tiny rural southern towns on the N&W routes appealing because of the lush natural beauty that surrounded them and because they were so isolated that often the train was their main link to the world. Although trains are featured in all of his photographs, they often play a supporting role in larger compositions. Link depicted the railroad as an integral and accepted part of its environment. The people who sit on their porch in 'Summer Evening', including a retired N&W foreman on the left, appear to accept the train passing behind them as part of their natural surroundings.
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