“Days Remembered,” a recently published picture book by The Baltimore Sun, provides a visual march through history. The images span over a century of photography, taken by The Baltimore Sun staff photographers, starting with the very first picture, published in 1901.
The pages in the book are filled with samplings of everyday life mixed with historical events such as; Seabiscuit beating triple-crown winner War Admiral at Pimlico in 1938, rioting in the streets of Baltimore following the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, Cal Ripken, Jr. surpassing Lou Gehrig’s streak of 2130 consecutive Major League Baseball games in 1995 and the terrorist attacks on the New York World Trade Centers on 9/11.
A common thread for these images were Baltimore Sun photographers who were masters at their craft and passionate about their work. They were capable of handling many different types of photographic subjects, while bringing their own unique vision to the newspaper.
Among those award-winning photographers was A. Aubrey Bodine, probably the most famous of all Sun photographers, whose stylish work became the signature for the Sun Magazine for many years. His work is represented throughout the pages of “Days Remembered.”
Others photographers included Leroy B. Merriken noted for covering the Orioles for more than half a century and Robert F. Kniesche, former head of the photo department, who innovated aerial photography at The Sun. Richard Stacks created beautifully toned black and white photographs on all subject matter. And more recently Jed Kirschbaum brought a whimsical and personal style to the pages of the newspaper.
Kirschbaum recently retired from The Baltimore Sun after 34 years as a staff photographer. At a recent panel discussion concerning the book “Days Remember,” he stated, “No matter whom I was photographing and what the situation was, I always tried to leave the subject with their sense of dignity.”
This rich history of photojournalism carries on today. The photography department has always been like a family. There are no clashes of egos. Each photographer relishes in the success of the other. Senior photographer Gene Sweeney, Jr., with 29 years at The Sun, is as talented as ever shooting sports. Junior photographer Lloyd Fox has 23 years in Baltimore and deserves to have his name mentioned with the best photographers to have worked at The Sun.
Over the past century, photography in The Baltimore Sun has continued as photojournalists have come and gone. A collection of their work and the high standards they set for themselves lives on in the book “Days Remembered.”
“Days Remembered” can be purchased by going to baltimoresunstore.com or by calling 410-332-6247.