The Mitchell Art Gallery at St. John's College

Annapolis, MD



A Retrospective Vision: The Photography of Marion E. Warren, 1939-1999


The Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College will present the first major retrospective of the works of Marion Warren, Maryland's signature photographer who for six decades has documented life near the water, from Baltimore and Annapolis to the Eastern Shore. The exhibit features 60 black and white photos, offering a visual journal of Maryland's people, landscapes, architecture, industry, and the Chesapeake Bay. "A Retrospective Vision: The Photography of Marion E. Warren, 1939-1999" will be on display August 21 through September 12, 2001(left: Tobacco)

Marion Warren came to Annapolis in 1947 after serving as an official Navy photographer during World War II. In the public relations department of the Navy he worked with Carlton Mitchell, an accomplished sailor, writer, and photographer. After the war, Mr. Mitchell convinced the photographer to move to Annapolis to work on books about sailing. (Mr. Mitchell is the widower of the late Elizabeth Myers Mitchell, the principal benefactor of the gallery named in her honor at St. John's College.)

Mr. Warren documented life in and around the city -- from skipjacks and watermen to bank presidents and historic buildings -- and ran a commercial studio. Using a large-format camera, Mr. Warren developed an eye for detail and composition, and a fondness for striking lighting. His clients were varied: he was hired by Richard Neutra, the eminent architect who designed Mellon Hall at St. John's, as well as the fledgling RTKL, now one of the world's largest architectural, engineering, and planning firms. His photographs of Sutton Place, the apartment complex in Baltimore built by Alexander Cochran, brought him to the attention of Forbes magazine, which sent him on assignments across the county. St. John's College was another one of his clients; for many years Mr. Warren shot graduations, classroom scenes, tutors and students, and waltz parties. (left: Lighthouse; right: Beach)

During Marion Warren's 60 years as a photographer, he has taken tens of thousands of photographs, creating a historical and aesthetic record second to none for Annapolis, Baltimore, and the surrounding areas of the Chesapeake Bay. His photographs illustrate 10 books about Maryland houses or waterways. Mr. Warren was employed as a documentary photographer by the state of Maryland for many years, and many of his negatives now reside at the State Archives, where they are being catalogued.

The opening reception for "A Retrospective Vision: The Photography of Marion E. Warren, 1939-1999" will be held on Sunday, August 26 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Photographer Marion Warren will give a gallery talk on Wednesday, September 5 at 4:00 p.m. Art educator Lucinda Edinberg will offer a lunchtime tour of the exhibit on Wednesday, September 12 from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

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