Toronto. PHSC, Wed, Mar 20 2019 at 7:30 pm
In the BURGUNDY ROOM of Memorial Hall
Japanese Photography in the Edo and Meiji Eras – Celio Barreto
Video Editing – Mark Holtze
We are pleased to present two speakers this month. Our newsletter editor in collaboration with the programme coordinator, Yvette Bessels, and our two speakers, prepared this detailed article giving speaker background. Or you can read Sonja’s complete and delightful newsletter here.
The public is always welcome. Go to our Programs page for directions.
Chrysler Building NYC
1931 in a 1955 LIFE
Toronto. One of the attractions of the Chrysler skyscraper in the Big Apple was access to its gargoyles for a spectacular view of New York City. The Chrysler Building was for a brief 11 months the tallest building in the world until the nearby Empire State Building opened its doors and took the crown in 1931. It is still an amazing creation in the art deco style but no longer owned by Walter Chrysler or his estate. Nor is it the headquarters of Chrysler Corporation as it was from 1930 to the mid 1950s.
And in 1931, American Photographer Margaret Bourke-White, was photographed as she emerged from one of the buildings massive gargoyles to capture the NYC skyline.
This photograph was one of the ones used in the May 16, 1955 issue of LIFE magazine on page 16 in the Speaking of Pictures column to celebrate her 25 years working as a photographer for the TIME-LIFE organization, beginning work for its FORTUNE magazine before joining the staff of LIFE magazine.
Her work has been well documented over the years. She died from complications due to Parkinson’s disease at age 67. Thanks to my friend George Dunbar for reminding me of this great photographer and her association with LIFE magazine (she photographed the very first LIFE magazine cover shot of the Fort Peck dam (under construction at the time) featured in the November 23, 1936 issue).
Esso Station and Tenement
Hoboken NJ 1972 – George Tice
Toronto. “George TICE (1938-) is one of the most important photographer of his generation. He is world famous for his black and white photos representing the American culture, urban and rural landscapes. His work is shown in more than a hundred museums and institutions worldwide. His photos of a small-town communities and urban environment won numerous awards and are represented in the most prestigious public collections.”
So says the cut-line in the GADCOLLECTION email notice of their George Tice exhibition – from March 14th to April 14th this year. The exhibition is entitled “An America Story” and displays his work taken in the mid to very late 20th century.
When you look at the ESSO station and the apartment building in Hoboken you can smell the oil, the gasoline, the suppers, as dusk settles in on this small city best known as the home of a young Frank Sinatra years before his climb to fame and fortune in music and movies.
Tice was one of the photographers whose work I admired years ago when he appeared in some Photography magazines (or perhaps books) that I read. If you are visiting Paris, France this spring, by all means drop in to GADCOLLECTION – a great chance to enhance your collection with a print or two created by the eye of a great American photographer.
Globe Presses in Toronto 1939
Toronto. These are the presses that printed my favourite newspaper in 1939. The image is from the Globe archives and details are from an article in Monday’s Globe by Shelby Blackly.
The Presses (and the Globe and Mail) were located at 140 King St West in Toronto. In 1977, the Globe moved along to 444 King St West, the old Toronto Telegram building (the Telly ceased publication a few years earlier). Around that time, The Globe went to electronic type-setting and use of regional third-party printing.
To this day, the Globe is electronically set in Toronto and files are sent by satellite to printing presses located in various regions of Canada etc. for faster distribution.
Gallerie Winter 2019 PPoC
Toronto. Take a look here at Gallerie. The Professional Photographers of Ontario organization and its antecedents were the proving ground for our journal editor Bob Lansdale.
He has produced impressive issues with well thought out content and content mix. In fact, over half the issues printed during the remarkable 45 year life of our journal were conceived and edited by Bob Lansdale.
In fact, our society would not exist in the form it is in today without his diligent and devoted publication of Photographic Canadiana, suggestions on speakers and suggestions how to improve our organization like his pdf newsletter that reaches thousands, displays at camera fairs, collection of email addresses, and his ideas and thoughts for our anniversaries (25th, 30th, 35th, 40th and now 45th) and much more – a behind the scenes force for innovation and encouragement.
A tip of the hat to Bob and the PPoC! We are blessed to have him as a member and serious volunteer.
Leather Leitz Amateur Case for M series cameras, lenses, and filters
Toronto. The original TV show Hawaii Five-O from the 1970s (1968-1980) occasionally used the catch-phrase “Book ’em Danno” in an episode after McGarrett caught the bad guys. For photographers, a bag to hold the camera, lenses, accessories, etc. was one of the first accessories to be purchased.
These cases ranged from the special camera Ever-Ready (fondly called a never ready) case to the large bags designed to hold and protect the camera and lenses while keeping them at the ready for quick usage on the job. The cases were made of many different materials over the years; fine leather, cheap pig-skin leather, aluminum, plastic, thick woven fabric, etc.
Some cases were made by the camera manufacturer for their various models. Others were deemed as universal designs ready to house many different cameras, lenses, accessories, cables, films, etc. Zero Halliburton sold (and still does) fancy lockable aluminum cases similar to brief cases with special inserts to protect your valuable goods.
A friend once mentioned the Zero Halliburton cases sometimes led to theft. He had his Halliburton cases and some ratty old suitcases on the street one day waiting for his cab. As he briefly looked away, the Halliburton was stolen – complete with the dirty laundry it held. Forgetting a dirty clothes bag on that trip, he just used the Halliburton, carefully moving his camera gear over to the suitcase, padding them with his clean clothes.
Leica Table Tripod 14100 c1970
Toronto. Tripods predate photography. All of the 19th century and into the 20th century the sensitive media (paper, glass plates, and film) were too slow for hand held shots – until near the end of this period when bright sunlight was enough to record an image on dry plates or film at speeds fast enough to allow hand held cameras.
Even into the 21st century and the final transition to digital with its far faster media, tripods were a popular accessory. Indoor shots, relatively slow colour films (negative and transparency), and any need for consistency, like video or movies, or slow shutter speeds demanded a tripod.
The earliest tripods were wooden devices with a camera supporting platform. The legs telescoped so the height could be changed. A telescoping central post allowed more precise height setting for the camera without resorting to adjusting the legs. Tilt and pan heads allowed the camera to be levelled and carefully panned across the scene for motion film, video, a panoramic series, or an HDR series. Less than three legs was too tippy, although monopods had some following. More than three legs risked instability unless considerable care was taken.
Studio cameras usually had four wheels on a solid base to roll over a flat surface. The tripod was by far the most economic idea and a wide variety of tripods were manufactured and sold. For closeup work indoors, a special copy stand was often used. Optionally spider-legs were used with extension tubes or closeup lenses. Closeups outdoors almost always demanded a tripod, as did some indoor closeups. Often the camera could hang down under the tripod by reversal of the central post making closeups easier.
You can find lots of different tripods and heads at our auction and fair this spring.
A Weekly Magazine
Toronto. In July of last year I posted an article on camera magazines. This article glossed over commercial and society magazine while touching on the BJP and manufacturer specific publications. This time out we look at commercial, collectors, and society periodicals.
From the beginnings of photography, articles were written to describe and educate people on the new art form. By the mid 1800s there were magazines devoted to Photography – mostly text and illustration based as photographs waited for the half-tone process to be perfected.
Some magazines like The Amateur Photographer shown here were published weekly and served both to educate and offer a platform for advertisements. Continue reading
Moon from Apollo Project
Toronto. … as Jackie Gleason used to say on the Honeymooners – that hoary old B&W TV series of the 1950s. Nearly 50 years ago, man DID land on the moon carried there by the Apollo 11 space craft! We all recall the Hasselblads and Leicas used in the Apollo Project at one point. I was working in Montreal in 1969 and an acquaintance generously arranged for me to get a set of moon landing posters when she arranged for her son to have a set (I think mine have long disappeared).
Our Editor’s son, Robert Lansdale Jr, sent us two links commemorating this memorial event: Images on Project Apollo as posted on Flicker! and a second link to the Apollo Archives.
Not a clue about Apollo? No problem, just read up on it in Wikipedia.