The Techniques and Material Aesthetics of the Daguerreotype

Mike Robinson, Modern Daguerreotypist, by Robert Lansdale

Mike Robinson, Modern Daguerreotypist, by Robert Lansdale

NEXT TORONTO MEETING: Wed Nov 19th, 2014
The Techniques and Material Aesthetics of the Daguerreotype – Mike Robinson

Mike Robinson is an artist-practitioner, teacher, and historian of the daguerreotype. He works with the AMC collection in Toronto, serving as researcher and conservator.  He has researched and written on the studio practice of Southworth and Hawes (Boston) for the Young America catalogue and for the Daguerreian Society annual.

He has made Daguerreotypes to support conservation research for the George Eastman House, The Metropolitan Museum, the Library of Congress and his own initiatives.

Come on out and share an interesting evening with Mike. The public is welcome.  Go to our Programs page for times and directions. Continue reading

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Skinner Auction House

Check out the Scientific Auction for cameras and lenses

Check out the Scientific Auction for cameras and lenses

Toronto. From time to time Skinner in Boston and Marlborough MA send me an email about up and coming auctions. Saturday (November 1, 2014) there is an auction covering Clocks, Watches, and Scientific Instruments. Included in this listing are cameras and lenses which are grouped with Scientific Instruments. There are a few Leica/Leitz items that seem a bit the worse for wear and priced accordingly.

In any case, have look at Skinner’s lovely online catalogues.

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The Fall Fair is Over Now

Enerance to our Fall Show

Entrance to our Fall Show

Toronto. A hectic few days resulted in a smooth transfer from the Soccer Centre, our home for the past few years, to the Trident Hall, our new home for the foreseeable future. Mark Singer bought and installed one ramp for our exhibitors and the tables were rearranged to fit three rooms.

Our space in the Hall is a bit smaller than in the Soccer Centre making it essential for exhibitors to pay in advance. Fortunately PayPal can be used for convenience.

I didn’t get around to photographing the three rooms until close of day. When the next newsletter comes out you can see the show at its peak. When I first arrived, an hour after opening, it was busier that I have seen since the days at the Lions Centre on the Queensway at Kipling. The aisles were packed with excited attendees all looking for a bargain.

Be sure to look at the photos in our November newsletter and join the excitement at our spring show.


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PHSC FAIR – May 31, 2015

fair-20150531-smToronto. The PHSC Spring Fair will be held May 31, 2015 at our new home in Etobicoke (Toronto) at the Trident Hall on Evans just east of Islington below the Gardiner.

Click here to see a full size bookmark with all the details including how to find our new home.

The public is welcome. Enjoy the show, and stay for the pierogies!

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IMAGE SHOW – April 19, 2015

Image-20150419-smToronto. the latest PHSC Image Show will be held this spring on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Legion Hall 101 on the Lakeshore just west of Brown’s Line. Come out and join us at this familiar venue for a wealth of exciting photographic images.

Click here to see a larger view of the book mark with directions and details. The public is always welcome. Students will gain free admission with a valid Student ID.

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Auction – March 15, 2015

auctio-20150315-smToronto. PHSC announces its spring consignment auction.  We are back at the Legion Hall 101 down on the Lakeshore just west of Brown’s Line. All sellers and buyers are welcome. Turn your old gear into cash and get more things for your use or your  collection.

Click here to see the poster in larger size. Rules are listed under the AUCTION drop down menu on the web page.

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Camerama Show – Nov 23, 2014

Click here to see a larger poster with show address and more.

Click here to see a larger poster with show address and more.

Toronto. PHSC Member Gary Perry keeps busy. Fresh from the PHSC show in late October he is hosting another Camerama Camera Show over in Scarborough at the Delta Toronto East on Kennedy Rd at the 401.

Gary is a long time member and his shows are often filled with interesting cameras and gadgets for users and collectors alike.

Just click here or the icon at left to see a full size poster with all the details.

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Pictures at a Symposium

Ashley, Judy, and Judy's pooch

Ashley, Judy, and Judy’s pooch

Toronto. Bob Lansdale took a number of pictures at the recent Rochester Symposium and is delighted to share them with everyone.

To visit his photos taken at the October Symposium in Rochester, click on this link. To see a larger view automatically, also click on the “slideshow” button just above the word “PHOTOHISTORY” part way down on the left side just above the album of thumbnails.

Note that BobLansdale is also the PHSC editor of the journal, Photographic Canadiana, founder of the Newsletter, and News sheet, official photographer for the Daguerreian Society, etc. Enjoy!


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Yosemite OS X 10.10

iMac Desktop Yosemite

iMac Desktop Yosemite

Toronto. Yesterday, Apple announced its OS X 10.10 operating system.  The download was free. I decided to go after the latest version of OS X called Yosemite for my aging summer of 2007 iMac.

The servers at Apple must have been busy. It took hours and hours to download and eventually install. Like all OS X releases, this one installed without a bump and although my system is now seven years old it ran fine. Initial speed was very slow, as some other applications were downloading at the time, but tonight it seems to be running very well. If you have a Mac made in mid 2007 or more recently, go for it.

If you would like a review of the changes, read John Siracusa’s review of Yosemite at Ars Technica. Worth the read. Thanks to John Gruber of Daring Fireball for the suggestion.

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Montreal Camera Show – Oct 19, 2014

Montreal Camera Show this Sunday, October 19, 2014

Montreal Camera Show this Sunday, October 19, 2014

Montreal. What a wonderful city for a fall visit. Sol Hadef will be hosting his 54th show on the west island this coming Sunday.

Click here or on the icon at left to see or print a larger poster with more details. Enjoy the city. Enjoy the show.

(Full disclosure, I spent about a quarter of my life in Montreal, went to two universities there, and my two girls were born in Montreal).

Don’t miss the latest of these long running shows in La Belle Province!

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