O. Winton Link was an American photographer of steam engines who died five years ago at the age if 87. Shortly after turning 73, he had married Conchita Mendoza, a much younger woman who became not only his wife but also his business manager, in which capacity she significantly improved the market for his photographs and made Link something of an art-world star. Though they lived and work together in harmony for a time, things eventually fell apart, and in the early 1990s the couple went through a nasty divorce, each accusing the other of physical and mental abuse. As a result of a subsequent criminal trial, Mendoza went to prison for the theft of 1,500 of her husband's photographs, valued at over $1 million.
Having made a film about Link (Trains that Passed in the Night) in 1990, British documentarian Paul Yule felt compelled by the legal intrigue to return to the familiar subject of the photographer (who died before this latest film was made) and his wife, in an effort to discover the truth about their relationship and the whereabouts of the pictures Mendoza was arrested for stealing. His second Link film, The Photographer, His Wife, Her Lover, revolves around interviews with all of the major players in the bizarre story of Link's and Mendoza's relationship, combined with footage from the previous film, and is an enthralling tale of a bit of niche history that has been forgotten -- if it was ever known -- by most of the world.