The Baltimore Sun newspaper has a rich history of photojournalism. The Sun has employed a long line of award winning photographers. To pay tribute to these photographers, The Darkroom will periodically take a look back at the body of work by some of these photographers whose love of their craft helped document the lives of people from the backstreets of Baltimore to the four corners of the globe.
One of those award-winning photojournalists was Clarence B. “Curly” Garrett. He came to The Sun in 1946 from Ritz Cameras. Prior to that, he served in the US Navy during World War II.
The Baltimore Press Photographers Association awarded him photographer of the year in 1966, after he won five of the 12 categories in addition to the six-picture folio that won him the top prize.
His work was published in Life magazine and his expertise at outdoor photography earned him awards at annual Chesapeake Appreciation Day contests.
He covered a wide variety of assignments during his time at The Sun. Including photographing five presidents, the Ash Wednesday storm that flooded Ocean City to the 1968 riots that ensued in the wake of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mr. Garrett was a well-dressed, distinguished-looking man with movie star good looks, from his dark eyes and carefully trimmed pencil-thin mustache, to his wavy, dark curly hair that he combed straight back, which earned him his nickname.
He retired from The Sun in 1985 after nearly 40 years as a staff photographer. Clarence Garrett passed away in September of 2011.
Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun