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Devil in the Details: Woodbourne Ave

September 7th 2018

When looking at a photo with a wide view and distant subjects, it's easy to dismiss the image as boring and pass it by without a second glance. But you should always take a closer look because sometimes you'll find a real gem.


But Is It Art?: This could be your next album cover

August 24th 2018

We don’t know how the Red House Painters or Dinosaur Jr. resisted the urge to use this beauty of a Bodine for an album cover. We suppose there’s still time, but while they snooze away get in touch if you think this should be your next album cover.


Call for entries: Maryland on Film V

August 3rd 2018

Call for short films:


Career Day: Working Women of the 1940s

July 27th 2018

In honor of the recent loss of Mary Ellis, one of the last remaining female pilots of World War II, we wanted to feature some photos exhibiting other ways women kept the world moving forward in wartime.


They Live By Night: Happy 4th of July!

July 2nd 2018

Fireworks from 104 years ago...


Mr. Dubas Neighborhood part 1

June 22nd 2018

Here's a new series for your enjoyment... "Mr. Dubas' Neighborhood"


Career Day: The Catonsville Nine

May 17th 2018

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Catonsville Nine. While we don't like to single out one member of the group above any other, it's important to remember that the priesthood is a vocation. Hence, A. Aubrey Bodine's photograph of Fr. Philip Berrigan taken in 1967. This shot was taken…


Age of the Auto: Firetrucks

March 30th 2018

Fires have been a hazard to society since society formed. People learned early on there needed to be a system to put out fires before they destroyed everything around them. This week we focus on a couple iterations of fire trucks, including a truck from the Kent Island Volunteer Fire…


Photo by Richard Childress

March 23rd 2018

In honor of Women's History Month... Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer photographed in Baltimore by Sun photographer Dick Childress.


They Live By Night: Familiar Places (Baltimore)

March 16th 2018

Today we revisit our series of night photography to appreciate some familiar locations, at least for our Baltimore-based viewers. But even if you've never been to these places, you'll find that each of these photos exudes a different type of beauty and atmosphere.


Career Day: Photo by Henderson

February 23rd 2018

In this week's addition to Career Day, we get a glimpse into the office life of Morgan State College, where we see everyday men and women at work. This film negative from the Paul Henderson Collection has suffered some damage due to past storage or development issues, but when dealing…


Career Day: Photos by Henderson

February 16th 2018

You may remember having Career Day in school growing up, a day where adults come into your classroom and talk about their line of work. There are countless types of jobs from manufacturing to paper pushing to directing traffic from a barrel on the side of the road (just wait…


Photo by Paul Henderson

February 9th 2018

HEN.03.03-063 Group portrait. Photograph by Paul Henderson, c.1951. Paul Henderson Photograph Collection, MdHS.As we continue our work in digitizing the approximately 7,000 negatives and prints by the late AFRO American newspaper photographer Paul Henderson, we often find images that stop us dead in our tracks. Here's one with subjects in…


Age of the Auto: Photo by Paul Henderson

January 26th 2018

  Look at these classic autos parked near Frederick Douglass High School in the 1950s.


Age of the Auto: From the Baltimore City Life Museum

January 19th 2018

Automobiles are undoubtedly a huge part of American culture. From the Ford Model T, to the muscle cars of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, to futuristic concept vehicles. They've permeated pop culture and are integral to everyday life.


They Live By Night: Noir by Kniesche

January 12th 2018

Photography needs light, right? Usually quite a lot, if you don't want your image to turn out blurry. Most of us have taken a photo of birthday candles being blown out only to capture streaks of light and a niece that looks startlingly like Edvard Munch's The Scream.


Photo by A. Aubrey Bodine

January 5th 2018

Stay warm and support your local coffee shop!


Happy Holidays!

December 21st 2017

Sun photographer Dick Childress caught a sleighless Santa on North Ave back in the late 1970s. Meanwhile, we're awed by Childress' telephoto lens' ability to compress North Ave to almost unrecognizable proportions.  


Happy Holidays: Baltimore edition

December 14th 2017

Sun photographer Dick Childress captured that late 1970s Baltimore holiday spirit.


Photos by Joseph Kohl: mysteries solved

November 22nd 2017

At the opening of Unscripted Moments: the Life and Photography of Joseph Kohl, individuals from all walks of life convened in MdHS’s new photograph and prints gallery. As anticipated, a few individuals from Kohl’s images were identified by attendees.


Photos by Joseph Kohl: the Story of Archer v. Abrams

November 17th 2017

What's going on here?


Photo by Joseph Kohl: Reptile House

November 8th 2017

A not-quite-tender tender moment of band-audience communion in Baltimore’s hardcore punk scene, this shot by Joseph Kohl was taken during a rowdy (but apparently democratic) set by the local group Reptile House.


Unscripted Moments: The Life & Photography of Joseph Kohl (1957–2002)

November 6th 2017

Four years. Five interns. Eighty-seven boxes. 55,000+ images. It's time to celebrate.


Photo Mysteries by Joseph Kohl: Solved.

October 20th 2017

Way back in 2013, underbelly readers helped us solve this photo mystery:


Rat Fishing in East Baltimore: Photos by Joseph Kohl

October 12th 2017

In honor of Theo Anthony’s amazing documentary ending its 5-week run at the Parkway Theater, we offer this remembrance of the events that (in part) inspired Rat Film.


Subject Vertical File: the JFX

October 6th 2017



Baltimore bands by Joseph Kohl

September 29th 2017

Recently our friends Greg Dohler and Cindy France lent us some amazing images for our upcoming exhibit, Unscripted Moments: The Life & Photography of Joseph Kohl. The opening for this show at MdHS will be on Thursday, November 9, 6:30pm–9pm, and it will feature DJ Landis Expandis. Stay tuned for…


Subject Vertical File: flooding

September 1st 2017


Jonestown Community Photo Documentation Project

August 14th 2017

In celebration of ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary “Baltimore Boys” which examines the Dunbar Poets basketball teams of 1981–1983, we present one of our favorite photographs from one of our favorite collections, the Jonestown Community Photo Documentation Project. Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues, probably the most famous player from the team, grew…


Photo Baltimore '77

August 4th 2017


101 Years Ago

July 28th 2017

One hundred one years ago this month, Hutzler Brothers went all out to welcome the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks for their convention. Not always so benevolent, protective, nor particularly inviting, the Elks were once an all-white, all-male organization that also disallowed membership to anyone "of the Bolsheviki, Anarchists,…


Charles Street c. 1955.

July 21st 2017

If you're planning on attending Artscape, consider this:


Untitled [John Waters and Divine] by Joseph Kohl.

June 29th 2017

This photograph was taken at the premiere of Hairspray at the Senator Theatre. 


Gas & Electric Company by the Hughes Company. MC6815.

June 29th 2017



Now & Then with Robert's Key Sevice

June 29th 2017