Leica Shop in Vienna sold

MailToronto. I received an interesting email tonight from Stephan Musli in Vienna. He announced the sale by Peter Coeln of his majority interest (nearly 75%) in the well known Leica Shop, Leica Store and WestLicht Photographica Auctions to Leica Camera AG.

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Can we digitize Super-8 film cameras?

OrthoViews2Toronto. Hayes Urban, a designer in the South-Western USA, thinks we can. His idea is to make a digital version of Kodak’s ubiquitous Super-8 film cartridge, allowing the many Super-8 film cameras to live once again. Continue reading

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Fall Photographica-Fair has new venue

Trident Hall courtesy of Google Maps

Trident Hall courtesy of Google Maps

Toronto. The fall show will take place on October 26, 2014 in a new venue. We have moved back to the west end of Toronto at the Trident Hall 145 Evans Ave just east of Islington in easy reach by the Gardiner and TTC. The new facilities have less room so there will be  fewer tables – first come, first offered. Based on the tables in use over the past years, there will not be enough tables for payment on the day of the show!

Watch this site for continuing news on our new venue and be SURE to reserve early! Continue reading

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Can you say CASL?

persuasion-key20rb1TORONTO. For those unaware of the federal government in Canada, it imposed the Canadian Anti-Span Law (CASL) effective July 1, 2014.

The law is very broad and foggy from what I have seen in the news and blogs. Worse, it is impotent with the offshore spammers who were the very vast majority of those harassing our inboxes before we got decent spam filters.

Margaret Wente, a favourite columnist of mine, in the Globe and Mail, offered a well thought out commentary on CASL a few days ago on July 8, 2014. Click on the Globe’s icon above or here to read her column. Worth the read. Continue reading

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The shot heard around the world

June 28, 1914, Sarajevo

June 28, 1914, Sarajevo

On June 28, 1914 Arch Duke Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were assassinated in Sarajevo. A month later the war to end all wars began in Europe. I had grandfathers and uncles sign up with the Canadian army. My one grandfather once told me his pay envelope included a message “your country needs you more than we do” and the young single railroader enlisted.

To remember the centenary of that war’s beginning, the National Gallery of Canada mounted a photographic exhibition “The Great War: The Persuasive Power of Photography” on June 27th, 2014. The exhibition runs in Ottawa through November 16, 2014.


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Where have all the flowers gone?

ApertureToronto. When Aperture was released by Apple, I still used Windows and was envious of the capabilities of this product. I was recently reminded that Aperture development will end shortly (fall 2014) and the product will phase out next year when Apple releases Photo to replace it and iPhoto on the new OSX software. The blog I was reading said Corel was offering a migration to its AfterShot Pro 2 which is based on Bibble and comparable in price. Continue reading

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PHSC Newsletter 14-3

c1924 Penn Station in NYC by Joseph Ruzicka. From an original silver based print.

c1924 Penn Station in NYC by Joseph Ruzicka. From an original silver based print.

Toronto. This newsletter announces our coming Trunk Sale this Sunday. Editor David Bridge and  journal editor Bob Lansdale have gone out of their way to make this another exciting issue for all who collect and enjoy photographic equipment and images.

Louse Freyburger researched interesting links. The 1920s image of Penn Station in NYC by Joseph Ruzicka comes from one of those links (for CCNY).

Tom Bochsler announced his half century of negatives and files have been donated to the Hamilton Public Library while the Toronto Star has chosen to donate its entire archive of negatives and files to the Toronto Public Libraries where the images are being digitized and placed online for all to view. Continue reading

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Graflex Historic Quarterly 19-2

1921 Naturalists' Graflex

1921 Naturalists’ Graflex

Toronto. This is the latest issue of Ken Metcalf’s newsletter, Graflex Historic Quarterly 19-2. Click here or on the icon above and enjoy this newsletter devoted to these grand old cameras long used by the newspaper photographers of the day. And if you look closely you will even spot the work of our editor and retired photographer, Bob Lansdale himself.

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Graflex Historic Quarterly 19-1

GHQ-19-1Toronto. Our friend Ken Metcalf edits the quarterly newsletter for the Graflex Historic Society out on the west coast of the USA.

You may remember seeing newspaper photographers of the past century using these magnificent big cameras to capture photos for the dailies before 35mm took over the task.

Ken has generously offered members of the PHSC and viewers of this site to read his journal. Click here or on the icon above to view the spring 2014 issue.

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A New look at Toronto over the passage of time

Toronto-Time-KwanToronto. Member and friend George Dunbar often comes up with the most interesting of ideas. He recently sent me a note suggesting I take a look at this video by Kwan called simply “Time”.

This is the full note posted on Vimeo: If you were to stand in one spot in downtown Toronto for the past one hundred years, what would you experience? Continue reading

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