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A. Aubrey Bodine: Baltimore Pictorialist
May 3 - July 13, 2008
A. Aubrey Bodine: Baltimore Pictorialist opens to the public on Saturday, May 3 at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia. This exhibition includes a representative sampling of the work of renowned photojournalist A. Aubrey Bodine, a photographer in the pictorialist style, who worked at the Baltimore Sun for fifty years.
"Long before Robert Capa and Alfred Eisenstadt became famous for their Life magazine photo-essays, Aubrey Bodine, week in and week out, year in and year out, was producing a remarkably rich and eloquent photographic document of his beloved Maryland on assignment for the Baltimore Sun. Because of him, readers of the Sun came to know every part of the state, from the Atlantic seaboard to the rolling farm lands of western Montgomery County to the clangor of Baltimore," said Kevin Grogan, executive director of the Morris Museum of Art.
Through a small sampling of the thousands and thousands of photographs that Bodine shot through the length of this career from the early 1920s until his death in 1970, the exhibition includes classic examples of his rural, urban, and maritime images. Best remembered for his photographs of the Chesapeake Bay and its watermen, Bodine worked in the same romantic pictorial tradition as Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen. The first photographer to be awarded a fellowship in both the Photographic Society of America and the National Press Photographers Association, Bodine was recognized and honored as one of the world's great photographers by his peers. Kathleen Ewing, author of A. Aubrey Bodine, Baltimore Pictorialist, 1906-1970 and an expert on Bodine's work, is working with the Morris Museum on the organization of the exhibition which will appear only in Augusta.
Aubrey Bodine began his photographic career in 1923 when, as an office boy with the Baltimore Sun, he submitted photographs to the editor of the paper and they were published. From that day forward Bodine was a newspaperman covering a variety of stories with his camera, including news events, famous people, unusual places, and curious activities. Out of this experience came remarkable documentary pictures of the highest quality -- far beyond the standard photographs of newspaper work. Bodine also began submitting photographs to national and international salon competitions, where he consistently won top honors.
Bodine was a perfectionist who would manipulate photographs through a variety of techniques-working on negatives with dyes and intensifiers, pencil marking, scraping, and adding elements photographically -- in order to create the ideal image.
"Bodine's rationale for all these technical alterations of the natural scene was simply that, like the painter, he worked from the model and selected those features which suited his sense of mood, proportion, and design. The picture was the thing, not the manner of arriving at it. He did not take a picture, he made a picture." (Jennifer B. Bodine; www.aaubreybodine.com).
Gallery guide text
Selected images from the exhibition
above: A. Aubrey Bodine, Fells Point, 1950. Copyright Jennifer B. Bodine.)
above: A. Aubrey Bodine, Longshoremen, 1955. Copyright Jennifer B. Bodine.)
above: A. Aubrey Bodine, Misty Harbor, 1955. Copyright
Jennifer B. Bodine.)
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