Long before the Circulator and Uber, Baltimore had an elaborate system of trolleys. And as wecontinue our look at Baltimore during the Great Depression (thanks to Yale’s Photogrammar site), this week we collected images of Baltimore’s trolleys, taken by Farm Security Administration photographer Marjory Collins in April 1943. All captions are the original text provided with that image.
Even in death, Divine — the larger-than-life drag queen made famous in John Waters’ films — lives on.
His Towson grave site, on a tree-shaded knoll overlooking a suburban grocery store and a mega-mall, carries on the flamboyant memory of the drag queen, born Harris Glenn Milstead. Monday, October 19, 2015 would have been his 70th birthday.
Yale University recently unveiled a platform called Photogrammar, which hosts 170,000 images taken from 1935 to 1945 — which spans parts of the Great Depression — by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information. There are more than 1,600 that feature the city of Baltimore during this time, and The Sun has identified more than a dozen “themes” from these images that we will roll out in The Darkroom in the coming weeks and months.
A majority of the photos from Baltimore focus on its industry at the time, but there were many that captured everyday life. And as the producer of The Darkroom’s ongoing series on Baltimore street photographers, I thought it a perfect fit to start with these photos. Photographers John Vachon, Marjory Collins, Sheldon Dick, Arthur Rothstein and Arthur S. Siegel were some of the photographers assigned to Baltimore. Captions in quotes are the original text provided for that photo.
Harry Bosk works in Hampden, so it’s pretty convenient that it’s his favorite place to pursue subjects for street photos. He’s not trying to do ‘Humans of Hampden,’ he’ll tell you, but his work is reminiscent of the popular New York City photo blog. And Bosk frequently will engage with his subjects before taking their photo — a tactic that informs how he will capture that person (or people). Bosk is the latest subject of our series, Baltimore Street Photographer.
The best photos from Baltimore Sun Media Group photographers in week 5 of the fall 2015 high school sports season.
A steady stream of cars is heading northeast on Belvedere Avenue on this humid late-August day. Parking spots along the street leading up to Belvedere Square are at a premium. The sidewalks are filled with lawn-chair-carrying concert-goers – young and old, black and white – heading to the final “Summer Sounds at the Square” event of the year.
The scene here encapsulates all that is attractive about Belvedere – and all that frustrates some residents of this North Baltimore neighborhood.
Photographing people doesn’t interest Pat Gavin as much as photographing places where people used to work and live. Gavin is an urban explorer in Baltimore, and an avid documentarian of his finds. Among the sites he’s studied in Baltimore: Lebow Brothers Clothing Company, American Ice Company, Cutty’s gym from The Wire, Sparrows Point Steel Mill, Eastern High School, Montebello Rehab Hospital and many more. He’s the latest subject of the series, Baltimore Street Photographer.
The Maryland Food Bank is well known for providing food to people in need through its many programs. One of those programs, FoodWorks, not only helps reduce hunger, it also develops culinary skills in the aspiring chefs preparing the meals. Through a partnership with the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), the Maryland Food Bank offers 12 weeks of training in culinary arts to low-income people. Scholarships from the organization eliminate a financial barrier for many.
The best photos from Baltimore Sun Media Group photographers in week 4 of the fall 2015 high school sports season.
“Rough Cut” is a loose edit from The Baltimore Sun’s photographic coverage of the National Football League. This week, photojournalists Kenneth K. Lam and Karl Merton Ferron photographed the Ravens as they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime, 23-20, at Heinz Field.