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 A Aubrey Bodine  (1906 - 1970)

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The following information is the "Product Description" of Amazon.com of Bodine's book, Chesapeake Bay Country.

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.



Biography from University of Maryland Art Gallery:
A. Aubrey Bodine (1906-1970)

In photographic circles around the world, A. Aubrey Bodine was regarded as one of the finest pictorialists of the twentieth century. His pictures were exhibited in hundreds of prestigious shows, in scores of museums, and he won awards against top competition. His photographs were seen in the Sunday Sun, numerous books and magazines, on calendars, as murals, and as framed prints decorating homes.

Aubrey Bodine's photographic career began in 1923 when as an office boy with the Baltimore Sun he submitted photographs of the Thomas Viaduct at Relay to the editor of the Sunday paper, and they were published.  From first to last Aubrey Bodine was a newspaperman covering all sorts of stories with his camera - news events, famous people, unusual places and curious activities.  This gave him opportunities to travel throughout the region and learn about it in every tide, wind, weather and season.  Out of this experience came remarkable documentary pictures of farming, oystering, hunting, soap boiling, blacksmithing, clock making, bricklaying and dozens of other occupations, and student nurses, Amish children, pilots of ships and planes, country folk and city folk, wood sheds and cathedrals, wagons and railroad engines, and, in short, almost everything of interest. Moreover, the documentary pictures are of the very finest quality, often artistic in design and lighting effects far beyond the usual standard of newspaper work.

But Bodine's talent ran deeper than this, and so did his ambition. He submitted photographs to national and international salon competitions and consistently won top honors. Bodine believed that photography could be a creative discipline, and he studied the principles of art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. The camera and the dark room equipment were tools to him like the painter's brush or the sculptor's chisel.

Bodine was a romantic pictorialist and this shows in his choice of subjects - the old times and the old things, the beauties of nature, man as an individual, and similar ideas. The pictures are usually quiet in mood partly because of the subdued tones and partly because of a low tension design made of open curves and natural perspective.

Not the least of Bodine's artistic ability was his craftsmanship. He was always experimenting with his tools, but seldom made a mistake. Some of his best pictures were literally composed in the viewfinder of the camera. In other cases he worked on the negative with dyes and intensifiers, pencil marking, and even scraping to produce the effect he had in mind. He added clouds photographically, and made other even more elaborate manipulations. 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.

The full text of the biography of A. Aubrey Bodine, A Legend In His Time, written after his death by Harold A. Williams, Bodine’s editor, can be found on this website at Bodine, A Legend In His Time


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