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O. Winston Link, Hawksbill Creek Swimming Hole, Luray, VA, August 9, 1956, black-and-white photograph, 20 x 16".

O. Winston Link

Robert Mann Gallery

O. Winston Link, Hawksbill Creek Swimming Hole, Luray, VA, August 9, 1956, black-and-white photograph, 20 x 16".

O. Winston Link’s magnificent photographs of steam-powered locomotives, taken half a century ago, appear now to prefigure artistic projects with which gallery-goers are likely more familiar. In one image, the speeding locomotive seen through a living room window calls to mind Martha Rosler’s Vietnam-era collage series “Bringing the War Home,” 1967–72. Link’s picture of a massive engine racing across a railway bridge, beneath which a boy shoos cows and a couple sits in a car, or his image of a man sitting at the window of a third-floor apartment as a train lumbers along Main Street, offer a just-plausible surrealism perfected in recent decades by Jeff Wall and Gregory Crewdson. The railroad’s presence, even in images seemingly focused upon other aspects of small-town life, is akin to that of the nuclear reactors that hover forebodingly in several of the photographs published in

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