New York

O. Winston Link

Danziger Gallery

O. Winston Link’s photograph Hotshot Eastbound, Iaeger, WV, 1956, captures an extraordinary confluence of elements that presents a succinct—not to mention spectacular—summation of the changing state of life in the industrialized world at midcentury. In a shot that feels almost Futurist in its fetishization of technology (the bigger, faster, and louder the better), Link crams a plane, a train, and several automobiles into one tightly composed black-and-white shot: In the foreground, a young couple sit in the front seat of their convertible watching a plane fly overhead on a drive-in movie screen, while in the (alarmingly proximate) background, the titular locomotive races by.

But as in many of Link’s images, the coincidence is too good to be true. The show’s press release characterizes the mode of this and the fifteen other modestly scaled prints on display here as “photo-Rockwellian,” and

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