Campbell House and Composites

Notman Composite

Notman Composite

NEXT TORONTO MEETING: Wed, May 27, 2015.
Sarah Parsons on Notman’s Composite Photographs



The month of May is CONTACT in Toronto and we celebrated this photographic event by providing post-graduate students from the University of Toronto with composite photos from the personal collections of selected PHSC members. Dr Parsons of York University in Toronto will give a talk on the Notman Images. Campbell House will host the exhibit as well as our May meeting.

The public is welcome.

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Swann Auction Galleries – photographs tomorrow

KertezNew York. We get notices from Daile Kaplan at the Swann Galleries in New York about auctions of interest to members. On May 21st, 2015 at i:30 they are holding an auction called Images and Objects: Fine and Vernacular Photographs. Click here or on the Kertesz icon at left to view their catalogue of images be auctioned.

The Galleries hold frequent auctions on a variety of items. Take a bit of time to review their coming auctions here.

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Marilyn Bell and the English Channel, Summer 1955

10997805_10202927051096641_6457040755126345358_o-smToronto. Anyone living in the 1950s remembers the excitement created by a teen-aged Marilyn Bell when she became the first person to swim across Lake Ontario the late summer of 1954.

At left is a Bob Lansdale photograph of young Marilyn being hugged by Shirley Campbell a year later on her return to Toronto fresh from conquering the English Channel.

Nearly Half a century later, in June of 2000, the late Bill Belier in his Photographic Canadiana column a Treasure from my Collection… featured the 1949 Pacemaker Speed Graphic and Multiblitz Press Strobe owned and used by editor Bob Lansdale. While the article (Photographic Canadiana Vol 26-1) was camera based, it also used photographs of Marilyn Bell taken by Bob when the young Toronto girl made further history by crossing the English Channel in the summer of 1955.

Bob’s son and namesake has written a much more extensive article focussing on the Marilyn Bell story and posted it on Facebook with photographs by his famous father. Click here to view the story!

While you are viewing the Facebook page, be sure to take a close look at each photo and its accompanying cut line. Near the end of the photos, the original article from the Photographic Canadiana of 15 years ago is reproduced.

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Newsletter 15-1

PHSC-E-Mail-V-15-1-3Toronto. Another excellent issue of our newsletter by editor David Bridge. Remember our May meeting is a week late – 4th Wednesday at Campbell House, not the Memorial Room.

Toronto notes reviews the inspiring story of Henryk Ross and his Lodz Ghetto photographs (now owned by AGO)  taken in the tragic early 1940s in occupied Poland. The images were narrated by Michael Mitchell (left).

Articles cover stereographs archived by U of T, Bob Lansdale’s search for Canadian Dry Plate manufacturers, Kodak Canada after the closing, CONTACT, and a show by PHSC’s George Dunbar next month.

This issue continues with the Image Show highlights, live photo links by Louise Freyburger,  Current Events, Want Ads, and our coming Spring Fair, The Big One.

Click on Michael Mitchell or here to see and print this interesting issue.

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Photographic Canadiana 41-1

_PhotoCan-41-1--PROOF-2-63-smToronto. Our latest issue of Photographic Canadiana should be in your hands by now. If not, join us today. Just click the PayPal button at right and away you go!

If you have read any of the journals since about 1997, you know we are fortunate to have such a perfectionist in editor Bob Lansdale. He goes the extra mile to ensure each photo is printed correctly and that every selected photograph complements its article just so.

This edition is no exception. The lead article is John Kantymir’s Kodak No. 4, a folding Kodet Junior ably researched by another professional, Robert Wilson.

The journal continues with reviews of the Toronto meetings during the first four months of this year, plus a photo essay of the March auction. These reviews are followed by Mr Lansdale’s own article on Bill Tetlow, a press photographer like Bob Lansdale, in the 1950s and 60s era. Continue reading

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In My View – the photographs of George Dunbar

The 60-year, kaleidoscopic career of George Dunbar

The 60-year, kaleidoscopic career of George Dunbar

Toronto. Retired industrial photographer George Dunbar is a long time member of the PHSC and a frequent contributor to this website. He applied his art at IBM here in Toronto.  Back in October 2000, George spoke to the PHSC on photography and  his career with IBM Canada.

His repertoire of photographs can now be viewed by all at The Black Cat Artspace, 2186 Dundas St West in Toronto. His photographs are a featured exhibit from June 4th to 9th. The gallery is generally open 2pm to 7pm daily (it’s closed on Monday June 8th).

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Spring Photographica-fair May 31 2015

May 31, 2015

May 31, 2015

Toronto. Spring is here and so is the popular PHSC fair. Once again our fair will be at Trident Hall in South West area of Toronto know as Etobicoke. Click the icon at left (or here) to see and print our bookmark which has full details. Or you can click on the word FAIRS on the menu bar at the top of each page to see all our shows.

We have added a room this time but the Hall still allows fewer tables offsetting the much easier access.

We will have more free parking (directions in a later post). Come and enjoy the show while you add to your collection! All vendors will be happy to quote on any items you wish to “de-collect”.

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New PHSC Executive as of May 1, 2015

-259125133584E9400 2Toronto. The PHSC held its annual business meeting on April 15, 2015. Clint Hryhorijiw spoke on behalf of the current executive to recap its accomplishments over the past two years and announced the new executive to take effect in two weeks on May 1, 2015. The members of the new executive will function for two years until April 30, 2017.

Member Ed Warner captured the photograph at left while editor Robert Lansdale was taking the official photograph of the new executive. Continue reading

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More Real than Reality exhibit now on Facebook

SafariToronto. The U of T students who mounted the Campbell House exhibit of composite photographs using examples from the collections of PHSC members have set up a Facebook page to promote their exhibit and this year’s CONTACT which runs the month of May.

Please join Kaitlin and Shelsie in celebrating CONTACT this coming May by visiting their Facebook page and beautiful exhibit at Campbell House. The students involved have shown a tremendous amount of enthusiasm in collaborating with our executive and the staff of Campbell house to ensure this exhibition is as well received as last year’s very successful exhibit of stereo images.

Show your support by visiting and Liking the Facebook page the girls have activated this past week. Clicking on the above icon will take you to their page.

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Michael Mitchell and AGO’s Lodz exhibit

20091130-143348-H3LNEXT TORONTO MEETING: Wed, April 15th, 2015
Michael Mitchell has spoken to the PHSC a couple of times before. This event co-incides with the Lodz exhibit of the Henryk Ross photographs of a Polish Ghetto in the early years of World War 2.

Michael wrote several AGO exhibition catalogues and contributed to the book published concurrently with the Lodz exhibit. Come out and hear this interesting speaker talking of his latest experiences with the Lodz exhibit.

For more information, read the latest PHSC newsletter 14-11 – Robert Lansdale has written an article on the exhibit (see 14-11, page 5).

The public is welcome.  Go to our Programs page for times and directions.

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