A. Aubrey Bodine Photograph Auction – June 26, 2024

7 Signed ORIGINAL A. Aubrey Bodine photographs will be live auctioned at Potomack Company Thursday, June 27, 2024 @ 10:00 AM.  This auction is In-Person and On-Line.

On-line bidding is currently available @ www.potomackco.com.

Lots # 62 thru # 68

For more information Contact:

Potomack Company 703-684-4550 at info@potomackco.com

Jennifer B. Bodine, Estate of A. Aubrey Bodine, 410-479-1312 or at jbb@aaubreybodine.com

Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1906, A. Aubrey Bodine began photographing in the early 1920s and continued a long and prolific career until his death in 1970.  In 1927, at the early age of 21, Bodine became the feature photographer for the Baltimore Sunday Sun.  For over forty years, Bodine’s photographs were published every week in the Sunday magazine.  His popularity in the Mid-Atlantic States was unprecedented. Bodine was devoted to a style of photography often referred to as “pictorialism,” which had its roots in the late 19th and early 20th century.  Pictorial photographers sought to separate themselves from the scientific applications of photography and wanted to be considered “artists.”  To that end, Bodine’s approach to photography was a painterly style, which often stressed soft-focus imagery as well as expressive printing. Bodine was awarded Honorary Fellowships in the Photographic Society of America and the National Press Photographers Association, the first photographer to be acclaimed so acclaimed by both associations. Please see www.aaubreybodine.com for more images and entertainment.

62. Torso (1944) Picture taken in the Bodine kitchen.

63. Zebra (1960) In his close-up of the zebra, Bodine made a recognizable object appear abstract.  The line and form become more important than the object itself.

64. Virginia Museum of Arts (1961) Opened in 1936, this handsome building is headquarters for the nation’s first statewide confederation of arts organizations. The world’s first “artmobiles” carry original art to member groups and towns throughout Virginia. Exhibitions are sent to schools, clubs, libraries. The lively arts of drama, dance and music are presented in the Museum Theater.

65. Lake Drummond (1960) The heart of the Dismal Swamp and its most striking feature is Lake Drummond. Giant cypress rise from the water, along the shore is a dense forest. The lake is the highest point of the swamp, 22.2 feet above the sea, and the rest of the Swamp slopes aways from it. It can best be imagined as the cavity at the top of an inverted saucer. The Dismal Swamp, which extends into North Carolina, is as large as the state of Rhode Island.

66. Harpers Ferry (1955) This West Virginia town made forever famous by John Brown is at the junction of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.  Brown seized the arsenal in a raid he launched from Maryland on October 16, 1859, as the start of an invasion of the South with the aim of freeing its slaves.   His raid and “martyrdom” caused such national turmoil, and so sharp a cleavage between pro-and anti-slavery forces, that it has gone down in history as one of the chief contributing causes of the Civil War. Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia from Harper’s Ferry  “Potomac Prospect”

67. Abstraction Lens (1948) The Fresnel lens of Bloody Point Lighthouse provides the subject for this abstraction. Bloody Point Bar Lighthouse is located just off the southern tip of Kent Island, marking the entrance to Eastern Bay. Though the lighthouse stands in about seven feet of water and warns mariners of shoals near Poplar Island with a red sector, it is also close to one of the Bay’s deepest shipping channels at 174 feet.

68. Monticello (1961) Monticello was Thomas Jefferson’s home from 1770 until his death in 1826.  The estate, a few miles from Charlottesville, is one of the most imposing in Virginia, and is also a national shrine.