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|Bodine's Chesapeake Bay Country |
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Carl Schoettler, Baltimore Sun
"Still powerful, A. Aubrey Bodine's much-loved photographs depict a Maryland that only might have existed."
Jaime Ridgley, Frederick Magazine
"Jennifer is keeping her father's works and the art form of the black and white photo in the spotlight."
"Bodine saw beauty and dignity everywhere he went. He understood light and, in his painterly technique, he communicated exquisiteness."
Bodine’s Chesapeake Bay Country is by and about A. Aubrey Bodine, one of the greatest photographers of his age, a Baltimore pictorialist, and a Maryland treasure. Bodine’s photographs chronicled nearly every aspect of Maryland life on the pages of the Baltimore Sun papers from 1924 to 1970. This volume, containing 286 digitally restored pictures, is divided into five distinct areas of Maryland: Baltimore and surrounds, Chesapeake Bay, Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland and Annapolis, and Western Maryland.
Published between 1952 and 1970, Bodine’s first four books, My Maryland, Chesapeake Bay and Tidewater, Face of Maryland, and Face of Virginia, were immensely popular and were produced in multiple printings. This volume follows a similar format to those books. Editor Jennifer Bodine, the photographer’s daughter, has used essays and photo captions from Bodine’s earlier books, where appropriate, to convey Bodine’s language and unique observations. This is his book in his words.
Deciding which pictures to include was a daunting task with so many images from which to choose. Bodine won nearly a thousand awards in national and international competitions. First, photographs were selected from the books he published as these were among his personal favorites and his major award winners. Pictures were also chosen from the Bodine family archive. These photos had particular meaning to Bodine as he had made them part of his personal collection.
The Baltimore Sun graciously gave Jennifer Bodine access to its extensive archive, allowing her to include unique, interesting, and historical photographs from the Sun collection. Finally, the book is rounded out with best-sellers from the AAubreyBodine.com website to show the images that the modern public has found most interesting.
About the Author
A. Aubrey Bodine, (1906–1970), former photographic director of the Sunday Sun Magazine, recorded his beloved state of Maryland for fifty years. The Baltimore pictorialist attended the Maryland Institute College of Art. He was awarded fellowships by both the Photographic Society of America and the National Press Photographers Association, making history as the first photographer to be so honored by his peers. With Stanley L. Cahn’s assistance, Bodine published My Maryland, Chesapeake Bay and Tidewater, Face of Maryland, Face of Virginia, and Guide to Baltimore and Annapolis. Jennifer Bodine was a trial lawyer, is a stained glass artist, mother, and her father’s biggest fan. She compiled Bodine’s Chesapeake Bay Country from thousands of A. Aubrey Bodine’s photographs. She received a B.A. from the University of Maryland, a J.D. from the University of Baltimore, and an M.A. from Washington College.
|Bodine's Chesapeake Bay Country |
A. Aubrey Bodine (Photographer); & Jennifer B. Bodine (Editor)
|A. Aubrey Bodine: Baltimore Pictorialist, 1906-1970 |
Kathleen M. H. Ewing; & Harold A. Williams