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Trains: Photography of A. Aubrey Bodine

Jennifer B. Bodine

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A. Aubrey Bodine, newspaper photographer, pictorialist, modernist, and documentarian, was a Baltimore Sun feature photographer from 1924-1970. This book is his archive of train photographs chronicling mid-twentieth-century rail transportation and the people working on the railroad. Bodine’s images of steam and diesel locomotives document an era passed. Herein contains award-winning pictures, currently popular pictures, historically interesting pictures, and pictures unseen until this volume. These images demonstrate Bodine’s pictorialist and modernist photographic eye for trains and railroads in motion and at rest. Bodine published four books, wrote articles, judged photographic Salons, won awards from all over the world, lectured across northeast America, and held down a full-time job at a major metropolitan newspaper. This is the fourth Bodine picture book assembled by his daughter, Jennifer. Their previous collaborations are Bodine’s Chesapeake Bay Country, Bodine’s City, and Bodine’s Industry.

Size: 9 1/8" x 8 1/8" | 121 b/w images | 128 pp
ISBN13: 9780764354939

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A. Aubrey Bodine devoted his life to elevating photography to an art form. Famous for his dark room magic, Bodine was a master toner. Changes to any photograph occurred in the darkroom at the printing stage by hand. He was an Honorary Fellow of the Photographic Society of America and an Honorary Fellow of the National Press Photographers Association. Bodine’s subject matter demonstrated his versatility as an artist. Called a pictorialist, he photographed people, buildings, harsh weather conditions, textures, patterns, city, rural and maritime scenes, and trains. His award winning pictures came from assignments. Bodine published books, illustrated books and articles, wrote articles, judged Salons, won awards worldwide, lectured across the East Coast, and worked a full time job at a major newspaper as a feature photographer. Jennifer B. Bodine, Esq. owns and operates AubreyBodine.com, selling digitally restored A. Aubrey Bodine note cards and reprints on www.aaubreybodine.com. She edited and published Bodine’s Chesapeake Bay Country, Bodine’s City, and Bodine’s Industry. Before going into the Bodine business Jennifer spent 13 years as a stained glass artist and before that she was a criminal trial lawyer. Jennifer has a BA from the University of Maryland, a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore, a Master of Arts from Washington College, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Salisbury University. She designed and built her steel home on the bank of the Choptank River outside Denton, Maryland. Jennifer is a board member of the Caroline County Department of Parks and Recreation and volunteers for hospice. Fred Rasmussen was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey. His earliest memories are of watching trains of the Central Railroad of New Jersey, the Baltimore & Ohio, and the Reading Co. speed to and from Jersey City. He has been on the staff of The Baltimore Sun since 1973. He attended Emerson College in Boston. Fred is married and has eight grandchildren, two of whom have been bitten by the rail fan bug.