Link was born on December 16, 1914 in Brooklyn, New
York. He was the second of three children, a daughter and
two sons. Winston's father was a public school teacher and
exerted a strong influence on his children. He took the boys
around New York City, and showed them many sights, from
battleships in the harbor to flights of airplanes - then
relatively rare - passing overhead. The elder Link taught
his son how to use and care for tools, and Winston not only
became a skilled woodworker, but also developed a lifelong
love of tools and deep respect for careful craftsmanship.
Most importantly, Winston's father introduced him to
photography, and he loved it. Winston built his own enlarger
while still in high school, and helped to process and
enlarge photos for a local photo
Manual Arts High School in Brooklyn which, despite its name,
also offered strong academic courses. He played on the hockey
team, and was a very popular student. His father demanded
that his children be productive and achieve academic success.
Eleanor, Winston's older sister, became one of the first women
to graduate from Brooklyn Law School, and Winston went on
to the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (best known as Brooklyn
Poly), where he majored in civil engineering.