Museum Hosting Lecture on Railroad Photographs Exhibit


Photo of the entrance to the Railroad Photography Exhibit

“The Last Team Railroad in America: Railroad Photographs of O. Winston Link” is on display in the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum throgh Oct. 1.


Sept. 6, 2006 – The Southeast Missouri Regional Museum at Southeast Missouri State University will host a lecture Sept. 14 on the O. Winston Link Photograph Collection currently on display in the Museum.

Thomas Garver, who worked as an assistant to Link from 1957 to 1958, will present the lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the Museum, located in Memorial Hall, Room 122. Photos in the O.Winston Link exhibit come from Garver’s collection.

While Garver worked for Link, he made three trips with Link, traveling to Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina to work on this massive project documenting the last years of steam power on the Norfolk and Western Railway and the life along its lines.

Garver, who will be talking about the special qualities of Link’s photos, is a former art museum curator and director who has worked in museums in New England, California and the Midwest. He is the author of the text for the second book of Link’s photos, The Last Steam Railroad in America, and was Link’s agent from 1994 to 2001, the last years of Link’s life. In 2002, he became the organizing curator of the O. Winston Link Museum, which occupies 14,000 square feet in the old railway station of Roanoke, Va., the former headquarters town of the Norfolk and Western Railway. The museum opened in 2004 and is the only one person photographic museum in the United States.

No one knows Winston Link and his love for this railroad better than Garver who will be presenting a well illustrated and entertaining lecture on how Winston Link developed the technique he used and why his work is so popular among such a wide populace, from serious photo collectors to others who could not imagine being at all interested in “those greasy old machines.”  “The Last Steam Railroad in America: Railroad Photographs of O. Winston Link” is organized by Garver and produced in collaboration with the Center for Railroad Photography & Art located online at The exhibit remains on display in the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum through Oct. 1.