Haunted Mediums: Photographs of Supernatural Phenomena 1880-1930

Meredith Reddy

Meredith Reddy

Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

We have an exciting and spooky talk in April! Our guest speaker is U of T doctoral candidate Meredith Reddy.

Meredith writes, “I am a PhD candidate in the department of art history at the University of Toronto, and am defending my dissertation – titled Haunted Mediums: Women, Photography, and Spiritualism, 1880-1930 - this spring.  My research over the last six years has been concerned with the photography of seances and mediums.  In recent years, I have also taught classes in Twentieth-Century European Art at U of T. ”

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


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2nd Annual Image Show this month

ImageShowPosterV1-smToronto, April 27, 2014. It’s coming this month. Our second annual image show and sale will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion 101 in Long Branch, home of our show last year and our recent auctions
The Image Show, one of our 40th anniversary events,  will be held the day after the Bill Belier Memorial Symposium.   Full details are shown on the book mark. Map, times, and the very modest admission price. Exhibitors can reach Ashley Cook for table reservations via fair@ phsc.ca.

Everyone is welcome. Come along and expand your collection of images by buying a few at this great event. The exhibitors’ offer everything from vintage daguerreotypes to recent silver prints… Click the above image for a detailed poster.

Need directions? Here is Google Maps:

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Newsletter 13-11

Toronto April 11, 2014. We have another newsletter from the desk of editor David Bridge. Ten pages of information of interest to camera and image collectors old and new.

From left: cover of 13-11, Meredith Reddy to speak this month, Dr Ted Grant, our speaker last month (via DVD),

From left: cover of 13-11, Meredith Reddy to speak this month, Dr Ted Grant, our speaker last month (via DVD), Bob Wilson and Clint Hryhorijiw at our March Auction, Pictures of the PHSC in times past, our 40th anniversary events, Spike Bell of Windsor, and a brass lens and trio of gadgets from our newsletter columns.

Just click on the above montage to read and print this wonderful and colourfully illustrated edition of our newsletter as we moved ever closer to our 40th anniversary (I must be getting a bit old, errr mature :-)

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Gable at the GlobeToronto, April 9, 2014. I was surprised to read the Globe and Mail news at breakfast this morning (on line, not in the paper, as yet) that the CRA closed its web site due to a bug in the OpenSSL library it uses. Rats!  Just when I was ready to do my taxes too! As I read more, the bug and its potential was downright scary.

Tonight, I read about the bug on John Gruber’s site, Daring Fireball,  I am a regular reader of Gruber’s blog and followed his link to Bruce Schneier’s blog. Schneier is CTO at Co3 Systems and has been in the security business for over a decade. His blog, Schneier on Security has a link to test for the bug. PHSC appears to be clean. Phew!

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New York Photo Show

New York Photo Show

New York, April 11-12, 2014. US Photo Shows presents another spring image show at the Lighthouse in NYC. If you plan to be in NYC, drop by the Lighthouse and increase your image collection.

The images range the whole gamut – antique, vintage, modern and digital. Click on the icon at left to see and print the poster.

The organizer’s web site is www.usphotoshows.com.

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PhotoTree.com and old images



Toronto, March 20, 2014. One of the Founders of the PHSC, John Linsky, called me this afternoon about a site called PhotoTree. This site says it is “dedicated to research, restoration, and preservation of 19th and early 20th Century Photographs”.

Take some time to browse the site and see how it can help you identify the kinds of images you have and their dates.

The restoration processes suggested by the site are to use Photoshop on digital copies and preserve the original images as is.

Whether you are a beginner or experienced image collector, you will find something of interest on this site.

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Newsletter 13-10

From left: cover of 13-10, 40th anniversary logo, first president John Linsky at 25th anniversary, lens from the net, death of suspicious colour photographer, class plate image from query.

From left: cover of 13-10, 40th anniversary logo, first president John Linsky at 25th anniversary, lens from the net, death of suspicious colour photographer, glass plate image from query.

Editor David Bridge was at it again. This is his latest opus. Just click the mage above to download or read your copy. We announce this month’s program, review last month’s program, offer posters for the auction, fair, and our 40th anniversary. We have an article from our 25th anniversary. There is a question on glass plates and what we believe is a c1900 phoney colour photography announcement. Read your copy of 13-10 today!

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Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris

Charles Marville

Charles Marville

Thanks to member John Bock, a familiar face at the Photographica Fairs, for noting an interesting article by Chuck Delaney on the salt paper and albumen prints of Paris by Marville before some city streets and neighbourhoods were torn up and replaced.

The article John sent me is restricted but you can see nearly two dozen of Marville’s prints here at the National Gallery of Art in Ottawa. The exhibition has since moved on to the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art (MOMA) which is the source of the show discussed by Delaney in his article. There is a good write-up here in the NY Times. You can see the exhibition at the MOMA if you happen to visit New York this spring.

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Ted Grant – The Art of Observation DVD

Toronto, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Our coming Program meeting will feature this interesting DVD by photographer Dr Ted Grant in BC titled The Art of Observation.

Ted Grant DVD - The Art of Observation

Ted Grant DVD – The Art of Observation

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

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Butterflies and Buffalo Camera

B+B_Camera_001-smStan White always sends me an interesting tidbit.

In this case, it is a doozy! This mammoth camera will be used to capture portraits of some fifty distinct cultures in the states.

The camera’s purpose is captured by this brief quote: “An enigma in today’s digital world, the camera’s classic construction and unprecedented 6-foot film negatives are a tribute to a fading era in photography as we approach the 200th anniversary of the camera.

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