5th Annual Trunk Sale July 12, 2015

Trunk-Sale-5-smToronto.  Our friendly U of T student from China, Mr Oscar Li, chairs the PHSC summer trunk sale named in memory of Lauro Boccioletti. Larry famously hosted this event in his back yard each year after the spring fair.  In its 5th year, the PHSC Trunk Sale has moved down to a new facility at Islington and Evans.

Click here or on the icon at left to see and print details and directions. Outdoors, the sale will be held rain or shine. Starts early and finishes early  so don’t get delayed by the 2015 Pan-Am Games.

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Feedback on Deckle-Edge Snap-shots


AMATO deckle-edge cutter

Toronto. I remember seeing an old Kodak deckle-edge trimmer that was one of the late Larry Boccioletti’s favourite items. After we published Anna Krentz’s story of Snap-shots with an Edge, member Frank Calandra of Rochester wrote Bob Lansdale the following note:

To: Anna Krentz

I loved your articles on the history of deckle-edge snapshots in Photographic Canadiana. For many years, one of my favorite items has been my small deckle-edge cutter (see attached photos) I found it at a tag sale long ago, mainly because I was fascinated by how the cutter blade profile perfectly matched the edge on the platen. But when I used it on an actual snapshot, I was hooked! I love making prints with white borders and trimming with my cutter. The people I give these photos to love them as well. It makes the pictures really special. Continue reading

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A Visitor from Rochester

From left: John, Lisa Ann, Mark, and Clint.

From left: John, Lisa Ann, Mark, and Clint.

Toronto. At our end of season meeting in June we had the pleasure of seeing Lisa Ann Seischab, VP Strategic Advancement, at GEH.

Bob Lansdale took this impromptu picture with Lisa and three of our presidents – John Linsky, our first president and the two most recent members to hold that position – Mark Singer and our current president Lewko (Clint) Hryhorijiw.

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Photos by Kirk

Fleck by Lansdale

Fleck by Lansdale

Toronto. Our speaker for June was Jamie Day Fleck who gave an engaging talk and video on Bronx photographer Kirk. She did the video as part of her Masters at Ryerson. The slightly under a half hour video was followed by a detailed analysis of why and how she took the clips.

Jamie noted that her documentary covers three concepts: firstly the history and work of the Armenian-American photographer Kirk, secondly the importance of studio photography in the 20s – 40s (many people exist only in their photos), and finally raising awareness of the Turkish genocide of Armenians in Turkey which took place 100 years ago this year.

Jamie used a DSLR camera – the Canon 5D Mk II – to shoot the clips for this video. As a professional photographer she noted that she preferred to work with equipment she knew. The video is an excellent tribute to her meticulous care in recording the clips and creating a story line that is easily followed by her audience.  Well done, Jamie.

Note: A more complete review will appear in our next newsletter and the fall edition of Photographic Canadiana.

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Sam Vinegar – June 12, 2015

Sam Vinegar, June 2010

Sam Vinegar, June 2010

Detroit, MI. Eleven days ago on Friday, June the 12th,  a colourful gentleman in photography passed away. His son Abraham alerted Cindy Motzenbecker of the Michigan society who promptly alerted Bob Lansdale, editor of Photographic Canadiana and Bob contacted our executive as Sam was well known in the heyday of camera shows.

Here is the message from his son Abraham, who kindly provided these photos of Sam to me. Abraham is frequently here supporting our fairs:

It is with great sadness I am sending this. Sam Vinegar has passed this morning [June 13th]  at 3:12 am EST.

Sam was the founder of the Photorama Camera shows which have been run by his son, Abraham, in recent years.  As the owner of the Classic Camera photography shop in the Detroit area, Sam dealt in camera equipment as well as photographs, amassing items and collections from local people, celebrities and passersby.

He always had the coffee on and could talk your ear off if you ever stopped into his shop.  He is survived by his children… Shana And Abraham. They would love to hear any fond memories or stories that you might have to lighten their hearts. Please send to  abrahamsnv@yahoo.com

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Newsletter 15-2

Kaitlan, Shelsie and Danielle at their exhibit of Canadian Composite Photographs

Kaitlin, Shelsie and Danielle at their exhibit of Canadian Composite Photographs

Toronto. Editor David Bridge deep in the American south created this latest colourful newsletter.

We start with a notice on the June meeting and the PHSC trunk sale next month.

An extensive article on the May meeting – a talk by Dr Sarah Parsons of York University on Notman and the exhibit of photographic composite photographs by three U of T post graduate students – both at Campbell house.

A colourful Spring Fair photo essay and the coming events and want ads columns and more. Click here or on the above icin to read and print this interesting eight page edition.

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‘Everyone is a photographer nowadays’

Victor Demarchelier Fashion Photographer

Victor Demarchelier Fashion Photographer

Toronto. Jeanne Beker had an interesting interview in the June 6th Globe Style section of the Globe and Mail. She was interviewing  fashion photographer Victor Demarchelier. In a pull quote that became the title in the print edition. Demarchelier touches on my favourite opinion: Everyone is a photographer nowadays…

Victor’s bio on Models.com states, “Victor Demarchelier was born and raised in New York City, the youngest son of legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier. After graduating in 2006 from Vassar where he studied economics and studio art, Victor was employed by his father, working daily in the studio and learning the intricacies of the photographic art. His editorial and advertising clients include Avon, Saks Fifth Avenue, Victoria Secret, Vogue China, Vogue Germany, Vogue Nippon, Vogue Spain, Vogue Russia, Vogue France, Interview Magazine, GQ, Harpers Bazaar USA, Harper’s Bazaar UK, 25, V Magazine and Wonderland.”

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Cowan’s Auction June 12, 2015

A Full Plate Daguerreotype of Commodore Chas, Morris

A Full Plate Daguerreotype of Commodore Chas, Morris

Cincinnati, Ohio. Cowan’s Auctions will host the American History Auction of exceptional books and photographs tomorrow for members of the Daguerreian Society. The image at left is estimated to be worth some $15k to $25k in US Dollars!

“Cowan’s Auctions American History Live Salesroom Auction will take place on June 12th, 2015 at 10:00 AM EST. The sale will include over 400 lots and will be held at Cowan’s Auctions salesroom in Cincinnati, OH. Featuring a broad selection of photographs, books, documents, political memorabilia, maps, flags and more, the auction promises to include items for all types of collectors”.

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Laura Jones – The Art of Protest – June 19th

Laura Jones by Robert Lansdale

Laura Jones by Robert Lansdale

Toronto. Laura sent me this announcement regarding a presentation she is offering at the Arts and Letters club, third floor on June 19, 2015. She has been a member of the PHSC over the years. At one time she operated the Baldwin Street Gallery. Laura has spoken to members at our monthly meeting at least twice to my recollection. Drop in at the downtown Arts and Letters club and enjoy the opportunity to see her and the late John Phillips’ photographs and video of the 1960s civil rights movement in the States.

Laura writes, “It is a one evening event where I will be showing some of the PPC pictures. Here is the info: event at the Arts & Letters Club (address below) on June 19th. It is a private club, so you need to ring the bell for entry. You are most welcome to come. I expect that you will enjoy the evening. And all PHSC members, families and friends are invited too.”
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Summer Leigh at Casa Loma

Summer-Leigh-at-Casa-Loma-smToronto. Our January speaker photographer Summer Leigh dropped me a short note yesterday to say her work will be exhibited at Casa Loma in Toronto all next month. A reception will be held July 2nd.

Members will recall Summer gave a delightful talk last January on her approach to the watercolour works of Elizabeth Simcoe and photographs of William James Sr. A review of her talk appeared in the 14-9 Newsletter pp2-3.

Click here or on the icon above will give more details on her Casa Loma exhibition.

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