Fifty years ago this week, the matinee of the Disney movie “In Search of the Castaways” played to the Northwood’s first-ever integrated audience, writes Jean Marbella. Look back at photos of Northwood Theatre and the student protesters who fought for its desegregation.
The Maryland Historical Society launched a blog this past September called underbelly. With its vast collection of photographs, maps, recordings and other historical documents, the blog culls through and explores important, and often forgotten items from Maryland’s rich history. Occasionally, as its name suggests, the blog discusses less-than-flattering past events, which continue to reverberate with Marylanders of today. One such entry recently got our attention entitled “Masked Mystery.” In the article, the author introduces a sinister-looking photograph from their archives that has perplexed them for some time.
After winning Super Bowl XLVII, the Baltimore Ravens were welcomed back by one of the greatest victory parades in Baltimore history with over 200,000 fans in attendance on Feb. 5.
Look back at past celebrations and Opening Day sports parades. Perhaps, the biggest turnout was on April 15, 1954, when fans welcomed the Baltimore Orioles in their very first season on Opening Day against the White Sox. Over 350,000 fans were said to have shown up for the parade.
The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 started on Feb. 7 and raged on until 5 p.m. the next day. The fire began inside the John E. Hurst & Company building, causing an explosion that sent flames on to adjacent buildings. In minutes, surrounding buildings were ablaze and the fire continued to sweep through parts of downtown, in large part due to wind and lack of standardized fire-fighting equipment. Calls for help were telegraphed to other cities including Philadelphia, New York, and Washington D.C., who sent assistance. According to the Fire Museum of Baltimore, some 1,231 and 1,200 National Guardsmen were needed as part of the effort. In about 30 hours, 140 acres of downtown Baltimore had burned, taking down 1,526 buildings and 2,500 businesses in its fury. Two years later, The Baltimore Sun reported that the city had risen from the ashes and “one of the great disasters of modern time had been converted into a blessing.”
Kaitlin Newman is a featured photographer in the upcoming RAW showcase at Tatu on February 7. She’s also the 2012 Mobbies winner for best new blog. The Darkroom caught up with Newman about her portfolio, searching for antique cameras and her “120 Pearls” blog.
Feb. 5 Photo Brief: Baltimore celebrates the Ravens, facial reconstruction of King Richard III and the world’s first bionic man
Baltimore celebrates the Ravens, facial reconstruction of King Richard III, the world’s first bionic man and more in today’s daily brief.
Hilco Trading held the first of several auctions at Sparrows Point Steel Mill on Jan. 23, selling off equipment and tools that once helped run the steel mill. Inside the carpenter’s shop, woodworking equipment, machinery, and hand and power tools were arranged to be sold. At the back of the shop stood lockers scattered with uniforms, cans of soup, school photos of kids and posters of playmates from a different time — remnants of a former life. Here’s a look at some of the personal items left behind at Sparrows Point.
Thanks to an idea by Steve Sullivan, the multimedia director at The Sun, videographer Christopher T. Assaf embarked on a challenging time-lapse video experiment. A camera, clicking every 15 minutes from Oct. 26 until Jan. 11, photographed the final construction of the new Everyman Theatre and its preparations for the opening performance of ‘August: Osage County.’
Watch the video and read more about the process.
What sticks out to us about John Brock’s (aka @rockinbrock) photography is the vivid way he captures everyday life living in Baltimore. Architecture, clouds and people are recurring subjects for the adventurous father of two.
The Darkroom caught up with Brock about how he edits his images, what he loves about Baltimore and where he found his love of photography.
One of Baltimore’s most charming assets are its hundreds of murals artfully sprayed, stenciled and painted across a broad canvas of city buildings. How wonderful it is to turn a corner and be surprised by a striking painting 30 feet high. Or, to pass by the same mural every day, and marvel at how it seems to change with the time of day and the weather. These kaleidoscopes of colors and graphic imagery affirm a dynamic city teeming with creativity and promise.