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Mr. Bowen’s Kodachromes

Jan 28th, 2011 | Categories: Brooklyn, History, Kodachrome | by Michael Williams

On December 16th, 1960 a Trans World Airlines Lockheed Super Constellation collided midair over Brooklyn with a United Airlines Douglas DC-8. The T.W.A. flight — a slow moving propeller plane — was heading from Columbus, Ohio en route to LaGuardia. The other plane, a much more advanced jetliner, was destined for Idlewild airport (JFK) with 77 passengers from Chicago. Had he not been running late and missed the flight, passenger #78 on United 826 would have been Sir Edmund Hillary. All together, the crash killed 134 people, being one of the worst air disasters at the time. It is a fascinating story that was highlighted extremely well on the NY Times City Room blog.

One of the many new things I learned from the coverage in the Times, was that in addition to being skilled aviator, T.W.A. co-pilot Dean Bowen was also a talented photographer. Through his travels he used Kodachrome to document life as he saw it. A commenter in one of the NYT posts pointed readers to a Flickr set of Bowen’s images — truly wonderful stuff. It’s a terrible thing that happened over Park Slope 50 years ago, but some solace can be found in Mr. Bowen’s images live on in all of their color and amazement.

Comments: 8

8 Comments to “Mr. Bowen’s Kodachromes”

  1. Ye Ole General
    on Jan 28th, 2011
    @ 4:02 PM

    Beautiful pictures by Bowen. A lot of great, interesting pictures on the NY Times blog. Thanks Michael, great post!

  2. Ray Hull
    on Jan 28th, 2011
    @ 4:24 PM

    How ironic that 50 years later a T.W.A. co-pilot’s published work would include shot #2 of GCS, showing the airspace right where the PanAm building would rise a couple years later. Nice stuff.

  3. Paul
    on Jan 28th, 2011
    @ 4:28 PM

    Where was shot #7 taken?

  4. Brian
    on Jan 28th, 2011
    @ 5:58 PM

    Grand Central Terminal

  5. John
    on Jan 28th, 2011
    @ 7:26 PM

    Love the blog. Daily reminders of why our country is a phenomenal, and unique, place.

  6. Rick Barry
    on Jan 29th, 2011
    @ 2:50 PM

    I have been re-photographing some of deans slide film using a Nikon D3 and a 105mm Nikon macro lens. I back light the individual slides with a 750W Tota lamp.

    I have a few hundred of his slides that my mother gave me and I’m sure that there are more that my mother gave to his daughters … my two half sisters.

    The slides I have are out of their cases and some are mixed up and so It is difficult to determine some of the locations. I have asked my mother via the phone about some of the locations and she has given me that information.

    I will re-photograph more of his work this winter. His work has inspired me as a photographer and a photojournalist.

    Rick Barry Seattle WA

  7. My Affair with Michael Bastian
    on Jan 29th, 2011
    @ 6:56 PM

    Travel is such a poignant muse

  8. Andy
    on Feb 1st, 2011
    @ 6:02 PM

    “Mad Men” used that air crash in its first season as a plot point in a story involving the death of Pete Campbell’s father.