1930s Leitz Stereoly
NEXT TORONTO MEETING:
Wednesday, Dec. 18th, 2013
ANNUAL SHOW AND TELL
In a few short weeks it will be time again for our popular Show & Tell evening. Members bring all sorts of unusual items for show and possible identification. If you have an item, please let Clint know so he can add you to the list! He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org. As usual, we will have our traditional gift exchange. Bring a gift of about $15 of interest to a member to participate – President Mark Singer will bring his Christmas Tree. During the evening, we will have another excellent silent auction, so bring some change too!
The public is welcome. Go to our Programs page for times and directions.
Toronto, December 1, 2013. Got your Christmas shopping done yet? Another season is roaring down the rails!
George Dunbar sent this picture along showing viewers at a race in England, possibly the Ascot this year. What is remarkable, besides the traditional hats, are the number of cameras displayed.
Digital cameras make the art seem effortless these days. In fact cameras are becoming like digital clocks on appliances – they are everywhere. In shopping around for bathroom fixtures and tiles, I noticed only ONE of dozens of stores used the sign “No Cameras” which was so commonplace a few years ago.
Toronto, November 26, 2013. Editor Robert Lansdale announced that his latest issue of the Photographic Canadiana is on the presses and should be mailed early next week.
From Left: Front cover, Stan White on post war English industrial photography, Rex Frost story by Bob Lansdale, An eyeful at the all-Estate auction, Dr Depali Dewan, the N+G Nydia camera, Professor Lambert, Homage to Daguerre, Rex Frost at the organ in a CFRB promo July 17th, 1927
This issue is well worth reading for two major stories: Stan White’s excellent tale of his work in the Birmingham area of England in the 1940s and 50s as a youthful industrial photographer in the days when worker safety was relatively unknown and a professional photographer in England struggled with outdate equipment and methods to produce quality results. A delightful story. The second big story is a biography of Rex Frost by Robert Lansdale. Continue reading
by Robert Lansdale
Toronto November 20, 2013. Mapping out the photographic network in 19th century Canada by Shannon Perry.
Ms Perry spoke with us on WWII colour photographs two years ago in November 2011. Since that time she has changed responsibilities in the government archives, and is working towards her doctorate. Her talk tonight discusses her thesis for her doctorate and her progress to date. Continue reading
Toronto, November 22, 2013. Fifty years ago today Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Do you remember where you where? I was in a classroom across from the physics lab at Sir George Williams University (now part of Concordia) in downtown Montreal.
Recently the papers have been full of stories and details about Kennedy and his fateful day in Dallas. George Dunbar sent me this link to a columnist in today’s Toronto Star.
The 26 seconds of horror were recorded forever by Dallas clothier Abraham Zapruder with his Bell & Howell home movie camera. Today, versions of the movie are all over Youtube. Do a search and view one of the many copies of this grainy 8mm Kodachrome II colour film taken 50 years ago.
And, if you are old enough, think back to the end of Camelot….
George does a “Selfie”
Toronto, November 19, 2013. Congratulations to long time member GEORGE DUNBAR who was voted the Urban Toronto Photographer of the Week by Urban Toronto! George is a regular at our monthly Toronto meetings. He was an industrial photographer at IBM Canada prior to his retirement. He directed the Photographica-fair video on our web site and until recently wrote the column Browsing through our Exchanges for Photographic Canadiana. Click here to see more of George’s current photographs.
Photos by Kirk courtesy
Mimi Vang Olsen
Toronto November 19, 2013. Toronto cinematographer Jamie Day Fleck visited the PHSC Toronto meeting last month in a search for an 8×10 field camera. She is directing a documentary about the Armenian Genocide survivor Kourken Hovsepian. Hovsepian photographed generations of people in the Bronx, NYC, from the 1920s through the 1970s in his studio under the name “Photos by Kirk”. The New York Times wrote an article called “The Memory Seeker” on April 14, 202. It tells a brief story about Hovsepian and his daughter, Ms Olsen.
Jamie emailed me a reply yesterday (November 18, 2013) saying, “I think I have located the 8×10 camera I needed but I am still in need of a Speed Graphic (4×5) preferably with a flash attachment. I know there are a lot of these cameras circulating so I don’t think it should be too hard to locate”.
If you can help, please write Jamie on gmail at email@example.com or if you are a Facebook enthusiast, www.facebook.com/photosbykirk.
Bust of Daguerre
France, November 18, 1787. Bob Lansdale sent over a note from the Daguerreian Society. The famous creator of the Daguerreotype was born this day 225 years ago! You can see a bit more information on Beverly Wilgus’ post here for M. Daguerre and his famous process announced in January, 1839. The bust of Daguerre is from a flat stereo card in the Daguerreian Society collection.
Sixty Years – a book about Dr Ted Grant and his photographs
Vancouver November 16, 2013. PHSC member Dr Ted Grant sent me a note today mentioning his recent book Sixty Years of Legendary Photojournalism. Written by Thelma Fayle with a forward by two prominent conservatives, ex-Prime Minister Joe Clark and his wife Maureen McTeer. The book is available in either traditional paper format or the new eBook style. Both are Published by Heritage House.
I looked up a cover shot of the book and who was featured, but none other than Liberal ex-Prime Minister, the late Pierre Trudeau sliding down a banister! So if you have tired of the shenanigans here in Toronto (where Ford is a four lettered word…) Continue reading