The vision of Hans Marx


Hans Marx, the award-winning Sun photographer who died last week at his retirement home in Lewes, Del., at the age of 83, spent years roaming Maryland and recording the passing scene with his Speed Graphic, Rolaflex and Leica cameras.

Mr. Marx, who joined the Sunpapers in 1937 as a staff photographer, and became a staff photographer for the Sunday Sun Magazine in 1946, was an incurable romantic when it came to Baltimore, the Chesapeake Bay country as well as its people, towns and villages. His images show that.

He also retained a special fondness for ships, steam or sail, and trains, steam-powered only. He brought a sense of drama to whatever he was photographing, whether it was the B&O;'s Royal Blue slugging northward out of Baltimore in a blizzard; a ship under sail rolling through the waves or the tranquillity of a tidal mud flat at sunset.

After leaving the Sunpapers in 1955, Marx worked as a self-employed photographer until retiring in 1965.

Marx left an impressive body of work comprising thousands and thousands of negatives. And according to his children and probably because of his Germanic thoroughness, each one was carefully cataloged and filed.

Pub Date: 1/19/99

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