O. Winston Link, Hot Shot Eastbound, Iaeger, West Virginia , August 2, 1956 (printed 1983 or earlier), Gelatin silver print, 15 1/2 in. x 19 1/2 in. (39.37 cm x 49.53 cm), Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Museum Acquisition Fund 1984.1
O. Winston Link, Summer Evening , July 31, 1955 (printed 1983 or earlier), Gelatin silver print, 16 in. x 20 1/8 in. (40.64 cm x 51.12 cm), Collection of the Akron Art Museu, Museum Acquisition Fund 1984.2
O. Winston Link, Maud Bows to the Virginia Creeper , October 1956 (printed 1983 or earlier), Gelatin silver print, 16 in. x 20 in. (40.64 cm x 50.8 cm), Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Museum Acquisition Fund 1984.4
O. Winston Link, Washing J Class 605, Shaffer's Crossing Yards, Roanoke, Virginia , 1955 (printed 1997), Gelatin silver print, 19 1/4 in. x 15 1/2 in. (48.9 cm x 39.37 cm), Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of the estate of O. Winston Link 2001.32
O. Winston Link, Train no. 17, The Birmingham Special, Southbound, Gets a Highball at Rural Retreat, Virginia, 1957, Gelatin silver print, 15 3/8 in. x 19 1/4 in. (39.05 cm x 48.9 cm), Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Thomas H. Garver 2009.4
Along the Tracks: O. Winston Link
At first glance the photographs of O. Winston Link seem to be simply an extensive project that documents the end of steam locomotives. As we examine the breadth of Link’s output, the images also draw us in with the drama of cinematic lighting, lyrical landscapes and sentimental views that could be illustrations by Norman Rockwell. For example, the ingenious composition of Hot Shot Eastbound, Iaeger, West Virginia captures the end of an era going by in a puff of smoke in the distance while the new automobile culture consumes the foreground.
Featuring photographs from the museum’s collection and several loaned works, the exhibition will examine Link’s technical accomplishments and innovations as a photographer as well as his in-depth documentation of a quickly fading mode of transportation and way of life in rural America.
This exhibition is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by the museum’s Evelyne Shaffer Endowment for Exhibitions