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Photographs Show the Eerie Aftermath of Murder in Baltimore

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400 Manse Court- Miriah Barnes. Photo by Wil Sands
400 Manse Court- Miriah Barnes. Photo by Wil Sands

Photojournalist Wil Sands takes photographs of crime scenes–but not in the way that you’re used to. 

Maryland Historical Society Sues Local Brewery

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Photo of Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford at the opening of Peabody Heights Brewery, via Flickr/Maryland GovPics
Photo of Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford at the opening of Peabody Heights Brewery, via Flickr/Maryland GovPics

A picture is worth much more than a thousand words, according to the Maryland Historical Society.

Watch the Morgan State Marching Band Be Awesome

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Photo by Jules Allen, via the New York Times
Photo by Jules Allen, via the New York Times

In the holiday hubbub, I almost missed this New York Times story about the glorious spectacle of black marching bands.

Amateur Baltimore Photog Shoots Best Magazine Cover of the Year

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Before April, few people knew who Baltimore photographer Devin Allen was. Then came April’s unrest, which Allen chronicled with a careful eye and a real affection for the city. One of his candid shots even made the cover of Time–and now that image is being called one of the best magazine covers of 2015.

Photographer Greg Dohler’s Surreal Sense of Place: At 13.5% Wine Bar Starting Tomorrow

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"Home" by Gregory Dohler
“Home” by Greg Dohler

Greg Dohler is that rarest humanoid: a nice guy who can hold down a full-time job, show up socially on time, and cook dinner, but also a guy gifted with superbly special creative vision he knows how to bring to life. You might also know him as the lanky blond drummer from Baltimore bands Helikopter (early ’90s) and, until recently, Small Apartments. Greg and his wife, Cindy France, are good friends of my husband–now they’re also mine–so I’ve had some patient time to sit on their black vintage couch, drink the classic cocktails Greg researches and mixes up, and listen to him think out loud. When Greg showed me his new photo montage work last year, I remember I was sitting on a step in his house in Ham Roll (where Hampden meets Roland Park). I wanted to convey how much I liked the work–because I did–but first I just wanted to fall into it, to belong to its luxuriously weird world. A child in a kerchief, from another age, rode a donkey; an old woman haunted a marshy landscape; a Baltimore rowhouse’s second story perched precariously at an eerie coastline. (See above the same photo I recall, “Home.”) “Wow,” I whispered dully. Every element worked together so organically–if surreally–I felt like I was inside the frame finding my legs on a new planet. I’ve seen surreal photo montage now and again, and it has never really been my cup of (bloody) tea, but Greg’s digitally blended work feels wholly other. There’s a destructive/redemptive quality to Dohler’s vision, a longing, a mourning, and yet a hopeful magic at play here. A comparison? Not easy. Kiki Smith’s gentle rendering of girl and beast in “Lying with the Wolf” pops to mind. But mostly I’m reminded how well Greg sees with his mind’s eye. (A bio side note that makes more sense to me than ever: Greg’s dad was the beloved low-budget sci-fi and horror film director Don Dohler. )

I talked to my friend about the genesis of his photo project and what he’s working on now. You can catch his latest work starting tomorrow and running through September 20th at 13.5% Wine Bar in Hampden–1117 W. 36th Street. To see more of Greg’s art visit his website. 

Baltimore Amateur Photographer Donates Archive to Local Museum

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Devin Allen, the 26-year-old Baltimore native, captured the nation’s attention with his photographs of the recent unrest in Baltimore. His shots, posted on Instagram, were favorited by Rihanna and Beyonce; he was featured on NPR and MTV; and one of his images was selected for the cover of Time, only the third time the magazine has so featured the work of an amateur photographer.

Beautiful Photographs of Baltimore Lightning

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Photo by Tim Shahan, via Flickr
Photo by Tim Shahan, via Flickr

Remember that crazy storm on Monday night? The one with all that crazy lightning? Many of us probably huddled inside; fortunately for us, Baltimore photographer Tim Shahan ventured out to get some gorgeous photos of both ground lightning and a few cloud-to-cloud strikes.

Amazing Photographs of Baltimore in the 1970s

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Photo by Elinor Cahn

 

In the 1970s, photographer Elinor Cahn was a student at MICA. For an assignment in a class on social documentary, Cahn began making a photographic record of her East Baltimore neighbors. That project grew into the East Baltimore Documentary Photography Project, a treasure trove of Baltimore arcana from the recent past.

The Gift: Drone Art Baltimore

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The Gift

What It Is: Drone Art: Baltimore is a first of its kind photography book shot entirely using civilian drone technology. It sounds just slightly scary, but the photos taken by husband and wife aerial photography team Terry & Belinda Kilby are so breathtaking you’ll forget they were done with the use of mini, unmanned helicopters. The book provides a never before seen perspective of Charm City, showcasing iconic landmarks and original subjects in an entirely new light. The pair spent three years learning about drone technology and developing their own style before assembling their body of work into this book. Pretty impressive stuff. Available at Atomic Books. $19.99

It’s Perfect For:

A Housewarming Gift: Particularly for people semi-new to the area, this book provides intriguing perspectives on spots all around the city. It’s inspiration and encouragement to go exploring, and an introduction to some of Baltimore’s most treasured locales. Not only that, its format makes it appropriate as either a coffee table book or simply an addition to any bookshelf.

Photography Buffs: Old school purists may at first scoff at the idea of drone photography, but you can quickly remind them that even 35mm was new and radical at one time. What’s undeniable is that these photographs capture a vantage point that’s never been explored before. Too high and hard to get to for a crane or a ladder, but too close for a plane. And the beauty of the photographs makes it pretty difficult to deny their artistic value.

 

MICA Presents Solidarity 2: Home is Not a Commodity

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Edo's Home- Sodere Park Ethiopia by Dominic T. Moulden

catch of the day fish (2)Few things are more central to being human than the concept of home. For as long as there have been people, we’ve been finding, making, building homes wherever we find ourselves. Homes look and feel different around the world, but they’re always a place of nurturing, growth and comfort. They’re where we find ourselves and spend time with the loved ones we value. And yet, so many of these places that bring us an internal sense of stability are precarious. It’s this concern that’s at the center of Solidarity 2: Home is Not a Commodity, the new photographic exhibit opening at MICA on February 6th.

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