Iconic photography from seven Baltimore Sun photographers

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In the long history of photojournalism at The Baltimore Sun, there have been a number of great photographers. The new book, “Darkroom: Iconic Photography from Seven Baltimore Sun Photographers,” highlights some of The Sun‘s most talented visual artists and their body of work.

Having been at The Sun for 30 years, I have had the pleasure of working with several of these photographers. Others I have gotten to know through reputation and seeing their photography in our archives.

Each of the photographers featured in the book brought a unique vision to their subjects.

  • A. Aubrey Bodine, probably the most noted Sun photographer, had a national reputation for his picturesque photographs of Maryland. But Bodine did far more than just pretty pictures, such as covering life in Baltimore during World War II.
  • Walter McCardell was the quintessential news photographer, whose career at The Sun spanned 46 years. His coverage included important events such as rioting in the streets of Baltimore following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Ellis Malashuk, who worked at the newspaper for 36 years, had a keen eye for chronicling everyday life in Baltimore. His talent with the camera made Malashuk the logical successor to Bodine as the Sun Magazine photographer.
  • William Klending was a well-rounded photographer, capable of covering any number of topics with equal dexterity. He photographed sports, fashion, portraiture and more for the newspaper.
  • In the 1930s, Robert Kniesche recognized the value of aerial photography as a newsgathering tool and often took aerial photographs himself. He was also a charter member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA).
  • Hans Marx had a fascination with Baltimore’s shipping industry and documented those who made their living on the docks. He was fearless in pursuit of a picture. He would go wherever it was necessary to get his picture, such as climbing to the top of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge as it was being constructed.
  • Richard Stacks had the shortest tenure of the seven, having worked at The Sun for a “mere” 18 years, but his impact was equally felt. He liked to travel the streets at night and capture unique views of Baltimore. He also was a great portrait artist, gaining his subjects’ trust and capturing real moments that provided insight into who they were.

    Celebrating 175 years of Baltimore Sun photos

    A. Aubrey Bodine photos

    Hans Marx photos

    Robert Kniesche photos

    Richard Stacks photos