Night Trick. Photographs and intro by O. Winston Link. Foreword by Rupert Martin. The Photographer's Gallery, London, 1983. 24 pp. Thin quarto. Second printing, 1983 (originally prublished by Norfolk and Western Railway, Roanoke, Va., 1957.) SIGNED by link on page containing his text. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers illustrated with maps on versos. Saddle stitched [staple bound]. Black-and-white reproductions.
"O. Winston Link is one of the most singular photographers in the medium's history...He made these complicated pictures, requiring the forethought and logistical planning of a movie director, by using banks of synchronized flashguns to illuminate large areas of the landscape and to give him enough depth of field on his large format camera, plus a shutter speed fast enough to freeze a moving train. This book, made for Norfolk and Western Railway in Virginia, might not be large, but many of Link's classic images are there, fine reproduction."--Parr & Badger
Ghost Trains: Railroad Photographs of the 1950s. Introduction by Carolyn Carr. Catalogue of the exhibition with notes by Link. Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA, 1983. 50 pp. Quarto. First and only edition. INSCRIBED ON TITLE PAGE: 'To Ed/O.Winston Link/10.27.83' Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. Black-and-white reproductions. Includes 7" disc of train sounds housed in the pocket inside the rear cover (the vinyl kind, played on a 'record player' at 33 1/3 rpm!).
Fine-; moderate rubbing.
O. Winston Link spent five years in the 1950s taking pictures of the Norfolk and Western Railway--the last American railroad to convert from steam to diesel. Published in conjunction with a 1983 traveling American Museum exhibition, this catalogue documents his striking photographs of the trains, their crews, and the towns along the lines accompanied by Link's own captions detailing the railroad's activities as well as the life of the photographer who documented them.
Steam, Steel & Stars: America's Last Steam Railroad. Photographs by O. Winston Link. Text by Tim Hensley. Afterword by Thomas H. Garver. Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1987. 144 pp. Large quarto. Second printing. Inscribed on title page and dated 11-18-88. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 95 duotone offset-lithographic reproductions.
Between 1955 and 1960, industrial photographer O. Winston Link pursued an impassioned personal quest: documenting the Norfolk and Western Line, the last American railroad to use steam powered engines. Here ninety-five of the most powerful images from this project are collected to form a striking portrait of the railroad and the people and culture surrounding it. From conductors, switch men, and train cleaners to the slice of rural America that faced the border of the tracks: drive-in movies, quiet main streets, swimming holes, and farmhouse front porches. Taken mostly at night, Link's photographs capture the gleaming thundering trains with drama and a stark beauty. To accompany them, journalist and locomotive engineer Timothy Hensley provides an engaging text detailing the history of the railroad.