Photographer steams right through reception to exhibiting photographs
BRATTLEBORO- The Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat Street, presents “Steam & Steel,” photographs by O. Winston Link. He is best known for his photography and sound recordings of the last days of the steam railroad, and for pioneering night photography.
As a teenager, Link developed early interests in photography, locomotives, and rail yards. Amid the depression era, Link graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn with a degree in civil engineering. Soon after, he took a job as a photographer for a public relations firm, an act that launched his lifelong photographic career.
There is an opening night reception on Friday, August 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, during the gallery walk. There is also a free public lecture with Thomas Garver, on Saturday August 4, at 6 pm.
Garver is an art historian and former art museum curator and director and served as Link’s assistant in 1957-1958 while studying art restoration at the Brooklyn Museum, and later contributed to Link’s first book, “Steam, Steel & Stars” which Abrams published in 1987. Garver later served as Link’s business agent from 1994 to 2000, was the sole author of “The Last Steam Railroad in America.”
Following Link’s death in January 2001, Garver was the organizing curator of the O. Winston Link Museum, located in the old Norfolk and Western passenger station in Roanoke, VA.
Link’s photographs will be available for viewing until Sunday, September 2. These events are free and open to the public.
For more information call (802) 251-6051or visit www.vcphoto.org.