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44 indelible images from more than a century of Boston Globe photography – The Boston Globe

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Veteran Globe photojournalist John Tlumacki has covered everything from the joyous fall of the Berlin Wall to the unthinkable carnage of the Boston Marathon bombings. Try to put yourself in his shoes for a moment.

“Photography can be so mean,” says Tlumacki, a two-time Pulitzer finalist. “For your whole life and career, you embrace it. Each photo you hope tells a story. But as a photojournalist, sometimes the photos become emotional baggage that pull you down into depths never felt before.”

Tlumacki befriended some of the victims of the Marathon tragedy, who thanked him for recording history. But the trauma he witnessed also seared into his soul.

“The photographs I took of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings just didn’t end up on my camera disks, but they have been stored in my mind forever,” he says. “On really bad days, they come back to haunt me, and other times, they remind me of how fragile life is.”

Still, photography is amazing. At a fraction of a second, it forever freezes a moment in time. It can then be savored and studied. Television, on the other hand, is fleeting. It is viewed and then disappears.

When The Boston Daily Globe started publishing 150 years ago, the paper was as gray as a winter’s day. Each edition had tens of thousands of words — and no photographs. Over the years, drawings, cartoons, formal portraits, and, finally, news photographs were included.

One of the early news photos was a three-second time-exposure of lightning. It appeared on Page 8 of the Globe on October 5, 1898, next to a recipe for stewed potatoes and vanilla fingers.

Slowly, the newspaper began to evolve. On April 13, 1908, the Globe ran a photograph from the Great Chelsea Fire, spanning the entire width of the front page. About two years later, it published a photograph of Halley’s Comet and called it a “pretty good spectacle.” Long before motor-driven cameras, news photographers hauled around 4 by 5 Speed Graphic cameras — bulky contraptions that require the film to be exposed one frame at a time — so they had to make every shot count.

The craft was often passed down from generation to generation. Photographer LeRoy Ryan worked for the Globe and The …….

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