Baltimore is one of the latest world cities to be turned on to large-scale artistic light displays. The inaugural Light City Baltimore, modeled after the Vivid Sydney festival in Australia, is planned for seven days this spring. These photos of the Sydney festival and six others around the world offer a glimpse of the type of treatments the Inner Harbor and locations in five city neighborhoods might get.
Baltimore street photographer Mike McCoy is a smooth operator when finding subjects to photograph. His portraits, often in black and white, are a way of documenting city life for future generations, he says. On a recent Friday afternoon, McCoy took a stroll up North Avenue, where it was hard to find a subject who would turn him down.
In January 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created an emergency shipbuilding program, and Baltimore was one of many places that expanded its shipyards for this $350 million project. Construction in Baltimore yielded more of these “Liberty” ships than any other American shipyard, according to a 2001 Sun article. The images in this gallery were taken by photographer Alfred T. Palmer, mostly in 1941.
This post is part of The Darkroom’s ongoing look at Baltimore during and shortly after the end of the Great Depression (thanks to Yale’s Photogrammar site). All captions are the original text provided with that image.
Greg Ketterman, of 1304 Photos, has been capturing and coloring Baltimore for a few years now, focusing on landscapes, people and urban exploration. His editing with HDR, filters and color makes the post-production process into an art form of its own.
Candy is a family affair for Paul Wockenfuss, owner and president of Wockenfuss Candies. Over a dozen of his family members are employed making chocolate confections and selling candy in eight stores in Maryland. It’s been Paul’s family’s livelihood for 100 years and five generations. In 1915, Wockenfuss’ grandfather Herman Charles opened the first store under the name “Wockenfuss Candy Company.” The company is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Read all about it here.
As the regular season comes to a close, here’s the best in high school photos from Baltimore Sun Media Group photographers in week 7.
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.
When Patrick Joust isn’t working as a librarian for the Enoch Pratt Free Library, he can often be found on the streets of Baltimore with his twin lens reflex film camera, photographing subjects in the city. The type of camera, Joust says, intrigues his subjects and allows him to fly a little more under the radar. He is the latest subject of our series, Baltimore Street Photographer.
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.