Artist of the moment……Photographer Ogle Winston Link

Ogle Winston Link was an American photographer born in Brooklyn, New York in the year 1914. He was known for being one of the first photographers to shoot at night and for his genre of American railroad lines. He worked with black and white imagery. He is also known for being the last to photography the steam engine locomotive. His father was a shop and woodworking  teacher in the public school system.

For his collegiate education Link received a civil engineering degree from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. During his collegiate time he worked as a photo editor for the school journal. Whilst at a graduation ceremony a representative from a professional company heard him speak, was very impressed, and hired him as a photographer. Link was able to “get his feet wet” during his five years with the company. Link excelled at posing people, but making the photos look as if they weren’t staged.

The war came and as a result of losing his hearing whilst he had the mumps Link couldn’t enter the army or marines as a soldier so  he worked as a photographer for the government. After leaving this job he would work commercially before starting to shoot his railway series in 1955. Over 5 years time he took more than 2,000 images of the steam engine. The railroad company was happy to help out in any way they could as his work showed not only the rail car, but also the people that worked on the grounds or keeping up maintenance. It was more the documentation of railroad yard life and the community it supported, not just images of America’s Iron Horse.

Also enjoyed shooting large ships and bridges.

Ogle Winston Link passed away in 2000 at the age of 86 years old.

price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $50,000.

If you enjoy this piece of Americana, the railroad in particular not just steam engines, make sure and check out the art of Adam Normandin. A rising art world figure that specialized in the painting of rail cars and their graffiti for a short while. Below an example of Normandin’s work.


Ogle was more commonly referred to as “O.”

Below a montage of photographs by O. Winston Link:



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