O. Winston Link
[Photographer, b. 1914, Brooklyn, New York, d. 2001, South Salem, New York.]
You can’t move the sun, and you can’t even move the tracks, so you have to do something else to better light the engines.
I was one man and I tackled a big railroad. I did the best I could.
The locomotives are black. The coal is black. The tracks are black. The night is black. So what am I going to do with color?
The smoke and the fire and the speed, the action and the sound, and everything that goes together, [the steam engine] is the most beautiful machine that we ever made, there’s just nothing like it.
Winston, I don’t know what I want, but I want you to go out and get it. When I see it, I’ll know if it’s what I thought I wanted. (Quoting a photography client.)