Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A. Aubrey Bodine Prominent American Photographer

The A. Aubrey Bodine Collection from The Baltimore Sun

A. Aubrey Bodine (1906 – 1970) was a world-renowned photojournalist for The Baltimore Sun newspaper for 50 years until his death in 1970. He started with the Sun at the age of fourteen as an errand boy but within four years was he was shooting commercial photographs for the advertising department. By the age of twenty-one, Bodine was photographing for the popular Sunday Sun. His career at the Sun spanned a half-century and propelled Bodine to worldwide recognition as one of America’s premier photographers. His work is sought after by collectors around the world and has been sold at premier auction companies like Christie's New York and Heritage Auction Galleries

Best known for his romantic pictorialist style, Bodine specialized in photographing the American experience, primarily throughout the Baltimore and Chesapeake regions of Maryland. His photographic subjects ranged from the docks and ships of Baltimore’s harbors, to life on the eastern seaboard, to the toiling workers in the tobacco fields, to the stunning landscapes of the city and countryside.

Bodine was a genius in the darkroom and processed all of his own photographs. He was a master of retouching and image manipulation in the darkroom to get just the artistic look he was after. The photographs offered for sale by Tribune Photos are originals that were personally processed by A. Aubrey Bodine in the course of his career at The Baltimore Sun and have resided in the Sun’s archive for decades. A large portion of this amazing collection consists of stunning oversized prints.

A. Aubrey Bodine has won numerous awards and honors nationally and internationally for his unique photographic style and composition. His work is featured in museums, galleries, collections and books worldwide including the Smithsonian Institution, American Museum of Photography, Center for Creative Photography, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Amon Carter Museum, Morris Museum, Maryland Historical Society, Mariners’ Museum, Maritime Museum, George Eastman House, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and many other public and private collections.

Hundreds of beautiful A. Aubrey Bodine original photographs will be available through the Tribune Photos eBay auction site over the coming months, including some of his most successful and well-known exhibition prints. Each of these photographs is an original print made by A. Aubrey Bodine during his career at The Baltimore Sun.

As you'll see in the sample below, Bodine often wrote notes on the backs of his prints directing the production department on how to reproduce the photo in the Sun.

Photo Front
Photo Back

The back copy reads:
"Alco - Please print very black. Be sure cog wheels are pure black and white. It is not important that you hold shadow detail forget it. Thanks, Aubrey"

The 1966 photo was featured on the cover of William B. Cronin's book,
"The Disappearing Islands of the Chesapeake"

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