Kodak Building 56
Toronto. In the early hours yesterday another Kodak building disappeared forever as a demolition company in Rochester quietly imploded the structure which once housed 18 acetate roll coating machines.
In my youth, Kodak was a huge force in photography with world-wide facilities. In fact, well into the late 1990s, Kodak remained a powerful organization. As the new century unfolded, Kodak began to stumble and fall. In early 2012 the hallmark of the photographic industry declared bankruptcy and an end to the era of chemical photography.
Toronto. My thanks to Russ Forfar who sent me this very engaging article from the Guardian newspaper in England.
Everyone has heard or seen the famous Gettysburg address by Abe Lincoln. Guardian has created a remarkable site showing before wet plate photographs taken during the American civil war and after photographs taken by David Levene this year. A simple slider dissolves one image into the other and each pair is accompanied by a short video narrative. In each pair of images, a key element helps the viewer during the transition.
The old black and white wet plate prints are sharp and clear. Levene has carefully matched them as to viewpoint and focal length in his colour images. His separate article linked above describes his diligent efforts to recreate the iconic images taken a century and a half ago when tripods, glass plates and horse drawn darkrooms were a must for decent glass plates.
I seen many before and after/ then and now approaches. Levene’s is clearly one of the better ones. Have a look.
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
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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Tagged GEH, history
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Toronto. 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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Tagged books, cameras, images
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.”