Leica celebrates 100 years – II

Leica Handbook - Fritz Vith  Summer 1933 (English)

Leica Handbook – Fritz Vith
Summer 1933 (English)

Toronto. George Dunbar once again points to the Gardian for a new twist on celebration of the revolutionary little camera’s first century. While the design was noted in January, 1914,  it took another decade before the camera was marketed. The camera was so revolutionary that books about enlargement techniques were published. Fritz Vith’s popular Leica Handbook was translated from the German to English in an edition published in the summer of 1933.

The Guardian Observer in the UK originally did an article last January which we noted in an earlier post. This month, the British paper has published “100 years of the Leica camera – in pictures“. with many famous images in the article.

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Trident Hall the new home of PHSC’s fair this Fall

20140819-123150-Trident from north entrance_-smToronto. Editor Bob Lansdale boogied on down to the new home of the BIG ONE – PHSC’s fall Photographica-fair. Here is a preview of where we will be hosting our October 26, 2014 fair. Come out and enjoy the show. Easy access to TTC now we are back in the west end of Toronto. The address of the Trident Hall, 145 Evans, is just east of Islington and south of the Gardiner/QEW. The icon and full image above shows the hall from the North (Evans) entrance. Remember to book a table EARLY to avoid disappointment! Continue reading

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New Date for Montreal Camera Show

SafariMontreal. Sol Hadef of Montreal dropped me a note to say his fall show date has been revise to October 19, 2014.

I will post details in a few weeks.  If you would like a table, contact Sol via his Rangefinder web site.

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Congrats Harold!

Harold Staats and a Lancaster View  camera

Harold Staats and a Lancaster View camera

Toronto. Long time PHSC member, frequenter of our fairs, and a concert photographer Harold Staats recently wrote this note on his winning of the people’s choice award this year with his arresting black & white shot of guitarist Eric Clapton. You can see Harold’s photos on Flicker!

My thanks to Bob Lansdale for copying me on the following message from Mr Staats:

“Most Torontonians have heard of or attended the Beaches International Jazz Festival that was held last month. It has been a popular annual summer event for over 26 years. During the festival Queen Street East is closed to vehicular traffic from Beech to Woodbine Avenue on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. Singers and bands entertain at various intersections and storefronts while people stroll by and enjoy the music and visit the shops and restaurants along Queen Street. Continue reading

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Yamada Auction Revisited

PHSC Auctioneer Clint in action. Image courtesy of Bob Lansdale.

PHSC Auctioneer Clint in action. Image courtesy of Bob Lansdale.

Toronto. It was a great event last week when we auctioned the contents of the Yamada Photo Studio. Our thanks to all the people who came out to help and contribute to our ability to promote Canadian Photographic history. These shots are courtesy of Photographic Canadiana editor Bob Lansdale.

The auction was a busy event. After months of discussion and visits by various PHSC members, the auction suddenly came together and Clint had only one week to get out notifications to members and supporters of the PHSC.

The many Lot images shown a few days ago were taken by member Oscar Li using a Canon DSLR provided by Clint. Continue reading

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Everyone carries the modern MINOX today

ADOX MINOX film c1962 taken with an iPod Touch

I snapped this pair of ADOX MINOX film cassettes c1962  with my iPod Touch

Toronto. In the late 1950s I was training to install, operate and maintain a radio system to bring communications to the wilds of Northern Quebec and Labrador. Part of the training included a trip to the manufacturer’s factory in Belleville where the equipment was being made.

Dan F. brought along a nifty little spy camera and took shots in the factory to the dismay of our teacher/leader. We processed the grainy little negatives that evening in Dan’s hotel room. The tiny precision camera was a Minox IIIs – about 3/4s the price of a Leica in those days. Continue reading

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SPECIAL PHSC AUCTION SATURDAY: August 9, 2014

 

yp_studiopicToronto. Our special studio auction is coming up fast! It will be held this Saturday at Yamada Photo, unit 5, 7065 Pacific Circle in Mississauga, Just South-West of Derry Road and Tomkin.

The auction features our auctioneer and past president Lewko (Clint) Hryhorijiw. There will be lots of professional gear – lights, backdrops, tripods, cameras, easels, lights, trays, lenses etc. Only a few items will have a reserve bid.

Sorry, no walk-in lots can be accepted for this special auction. Come out and support our society this Saturday as we raise funds for the PHSC. Questions? Drop Clint a note at auction@phsc.ca.

We will be using the following modified Studio Auction information for the event.  Continue reading

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YAMADA PHOTO STUDIO AUCTION THIS SATURDAY

 

yp_studiopicToronto. The PHSC will hold a special studio auction this coming Saturday at Yamada Photo, unit 5, 7065 Pacific Circle in Mississauga, Just South-West of Derry Road and Tomkin. This is a studio liquidation sale for Yamada Photo which has been in business since 1947!

The auction will be held at the studio and is a PHSC event featuring our auctioneer and past president Clint (Lewko Hryhorijiw). There will be lots of professional gear – lights, backdrops, tripods, cameras, easels, lights, trays, lenses etc. Only a few items will have a reserve bid. Sorry, no walk-in lots can be accepted for this special auction. Come out and support our society this Saturday as we raise funds for the PHSC and for the Studio. Any questions? We can be reached at auction@phsc.ca.

We will be using the following modified Studio Auction information for the event.  Continue reading

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Special Studio Auction this Saturday, August 9, 2014

yp_studiopicToronto. The PHSC will hold a special studio auction this coming Saturday at Yamada Photo, unit 5, 7065 Pacific Circle in Mississauga, Just South-West of Derry Road and Tomkin.

The auction will be held at the studio and will be a PHSC event. The auctioneer is our past president Clint (Lewko Hryhorijiw). Details and photos of the good for auction will be posted shortly. Lots of professional gear – lights, backdrops, tripods, cameras, easels, lights, trays, lenses etc. Only a few items will have a reserve bid. I will post again once I have the images taken today sorted and selected. A  modified Studio Auction Information form will be included. Note that we will not be able to accept items for bidding at the door for this very special auction. Come out and enjoy the day and support the PHSC.

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PHSC AWARDS

imagesToronto. Did you know the PHSC has offered awards to writers of photographic history for many years? These awards were established some years ago by then president Les Jones to further interest and understanding of our history, especially Canadian photographic history.

Today, the awards are co-ordinated by our Awards administrator, John Morden. You can see the details here or by clicking on the AWARDS tab at the top of any page.

The AWARDS wording is revised from time to time to clarify its content. The latest revision is August 1, 2014.

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