THOMAS GARVER TO LECTURE ON O. WINSTON LINK AND THE LAST STEAM RAILROAD
Wednesday, May 20, 7 p.m.
National Academies’ Keck Center
500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
Metro: Judiciary Square or Gallery Place/Chinatown
Photo ID required.
Reservations required: email [email protected] or call 202-334-2415
A reception will follow the lecture.
O. Winston Link’s photos are one-frame narratives of 20th-century
transportation. An American photographer, his images capture the last
days of the steam operation on the Norfolk and Western Railway in the
late 1950s. Link, who often photographed the trains at night using his
own custom designed flash equipment, said he wanted “to preserve a
beautiful era” and show “how the railroad interacted with the people who
lived along the line.” The combination of Link’s technical expertise and
sensitivity as both artist and documentarian has earned him a place in
In 1957, just out of college, Thomas Garver assisted O. Winston Link in
his documentation of the last years of steam power on the Norfolk and
Western Railway. Garver will give a well illustrated lecture on the
development of Link’s photographic style and technique, and show how he
brought his skills as a commercial photographer to the project.
Garver is a retired art museum director, writer, and independent
curator. He contributed to Link’s first book, Steam, Steel & Stars,
published in 1987, and authored a second book of Link’s railroad
photographs, The Last Steam Railroad in America, published in 1995. In
1994, he became Link’s business agent, and following Link’s death in
2001, served as organizing curator of the O. Winston Link Museum,
located in the former Norfolk and Western Railway passenger station in
Roanoke, Virginia. He now lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
This exhibition is provided by the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke,