Photo of the week 13: Steam engine speeds past a drive-in movie at night

I guess I should’ve made each of the five Ted Dearberg photos a photo of the week, by doing so they can be recalled in the search box with ‘Photo of the week’. [I’ve subsequently added tags and categories to these posts, though too late to give them a Photo of the week number.

American photographer, Ogle Winston Link, specialised in black-and-white photography of the last days of the steam locomotive in the United States in the late 1950s. He was a pioneer in the use of night photography. The effort in lighting his night photos was immense, given the bulky lighting equipment available at the time.

This photo is of Hot Shot Eastbound at Iaeger, West Virginia on the hot night of August 2, 1956. It’s one of Winston Link’s most famous images, combing in one image all things that Americans love – sweethearts, cars, movies, and steam railways.


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