PHSC Spring Fair May 29, 2016

PHSC-Spring-2016-fair-smToronto. What is spring without a fair? The PHSC Spring fair will be held one week Sunday on May 29, 2016 at the Trident Hall, 145 Evans Avenue just east of Islington Avenue in Toronto’s west end. Easy access by car and TTC.

Click here or on the icon at left for more details, contact, admission (students free).

This is our 41st year of hosting a Photographica-fair in Toronto. Come out and enjoy the day, perhaps adding to your collection, or swapping things, or getting some usable goodies!

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The Toronto CN Tower turns 40

CN Tower Can-Ron Workers

CN Tower Canron Workers – Click to see all men

NEXT TORONTO MEETING: Wed, June 15, 2016
Robert C. Lansdale: Visual History of the CN Tower Construction.

The CN Tower is one of our proudest landmarks but Canadians treat it with little fanfare. Other countries are quick to boast about their special sites – the Eiffel Tower in France, the Pyramids in Egypt, London Bridge in England,the Twin Towers in New York.

Want to know more about Toronto’s CN Tower? Attend the photo lecture  presented by Robert C. Lansdale, Robert has spent a decade tracking down the workers who undertook to construct this architectural wonder.

The full title of his talk at our June meeting is: Visual History of the CN Tower Construction – A Visual Tour of its Construction & its Builders.  As the “seventh Engineering Wonder of the World”, the contribution of the CN Tower’s 1,537 workers, who toiled for 5 years, has been completely ignored, forgotten and swept under the carpet.

Starting in the 1960s, Robert accompanied his PHSC photographer-father to document Toronto’s newest architectural landmark. Now decades later as an engineer and historian himself, Robert has returned in earnest to capture a major-historical record of the CN Tower and its people.

This awe-inspiring photo lecture will be first presented in public at our Toronto meeting this coming June.

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Canadian Camera Conference 2017 – Ottawa

CCC2017-smToronto. At the PHSC May meeting we were introduced to Mr David Haggarty of the RA Photo Club, co-sponsers with CAPA of the 2017 celebration in Ottawa on June 28 -30, 2017 coinciding with our country’s 150th anniversary.

The event organization is underway now and David suggests you watch the conference website, as events unfold.

One suggestion from Mr Haggarty is that accommodation for that time period will be at a premium. Securing a booking at Algonquin College now is a good idea as bookings can be cancelled without penalty.

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Dorothea Lange Documentary on TVO

Dorothea Lange photograph courtesy of the TVO documentary

Dorothea Lange photograph courtesy of the TVO documentary

Toronto. This past Wednesday we held our monthly Toronto meeting. Before Lorne Shields gave his fabulous 3D presentation on the Velocipede, Ted Catton advised the attendees that TVO had a Dorothea Lange documentary scheduled. I made a mental note and promptly forgot about it until I was reminded today by another member, George Dunbar.

Shortly after I moved to Toronto again in the late 1970s, I discovered the big glossy coffee table books featuring photographs of the 1930s by various American photographers at the Etobicoke reference library, Richview. One of those books was devoted to Dorothea Lange and her stunning imagery.

Her daughter put together this fine documentary on Ms Lange’s work. Take a look.


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PHSC Newsletter 16-1

George Harrison chooses a camera

George Harrison chooses a camera

Toronto. We begin the 16th year of our newsletter and the third issue disseminated via MailChimp. Editor David Bridge and I collaborated to activate a unique PHSC email for this activity instead of an address at David’s own URL.

Editor Bridge begins this volume with nine delightful and informative pages. He begins by announcing coming meetings (the Shields and Lansdale talks), and our spring fair. This is followed by Mark Singer’s review of the Remember to Remember presentation last month by Tom Bochsler and Dr Ted Grant’s appointment to the Order of Canada. Click here or on the icon to read and print this issue.

The annual pinhole day and member George Dunbar’s offering share space with announcement of a new PHSC Estate Auction in June. This is followed by Louise Freyburger’s always interesting column New Photo Links.

The next page notes an interesting item at a coming Westlicht auction in Austria; reasons to attend our spring fair; and questions answered by the latest issue of Photographica Canadiana.

This issue wraps up with our usual What’s on, Wanted, Shows, and Events timeline.

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Daguerreian Society Quarterly

Daguerreian Society Quarterly 28-1

Daguerreian Society Quarterly 28-1

Toronto. Early this month Diane Filippi, Business Director, Daguerreian Society sent me a copy of the society’s quarterly 28-1 in pdf format. Unfortunately the quarterly is presently a members-only publication.

The articles are of much interest and the cut lines emphasize the activities of our Photographic Canadiana editor, Bob Lansdale as the official photographer for the Daguerreian Society (some 600 members).

Our society does an exchange with the Daguerreian Society and a few of our members are members of both organizations.

Over the years we have had the honour of hearing presentations at our meetings from well known Daguerreians such as Mike Robinson of Toronto (past president of both societies), Matt Isenberg, and Grant Romer.  If you would like to see this issue of the quarterly, or the recently published Annual, please consider joining the Daguerreian Society.


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Miniature Early 1900s Photography Studio

A miniature 1900s Studio

A miniature 1900s Studio

Toronto. Photographic Canadiana editor Bob Lansdale sent me this link at the end of last month.

The miniature studio was built and photographed by a chap who goes by Alamedy Diorama on his blog called The site has many photography themed items that may hold your attention. This particular topic includes many photos showing different aspects of a photographer’s studio a century ago.

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Bicycles, Velocipedes and 3D Photography

Lorne Shields and Velocipede

Lorne Shields and Velocipede

Toronto. If you are interested in the phenomenon of stereo imaging or interested in learning the history of the bicycle and its precursor the Velocipede, then you will want to hear and see our May lecture with images that date back to 1860-70.

Speaker Lorne Shields is a guru when it comes to historical bicycle photography. He is a leading world-wide expert; we have the good luck to have him here in Toronto to call upon. Widely published in journals and magazine, Lorne will bring us a fresh lecture on “The First Bicycles in 3D – Contemporary Velocipede Images of the 1860-70s.” 3D glasses will be supplied for stereo viewing.

A resident of Thornhill, ON, Lorne has been an avid collector and researcher of early bicycling history for almost 50 years and a member of the PHSC for over 20 years, speaking to us on a number of occasions. His lectures on early Cycling Photographica have been presented in Europe and throughout North America.
Portions of his collection have been on display at many public institutions including the Smithsonian, the ROM, Canada’s National Museum of Science & Technology (Ottawa) and the Museé d’Art et d’Industrie (St. Etienne France).

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Photographic Canadiana 42-1 posted

Kodak SVR 8700

Kodak SV8300

Toronto. Editor Robert Lansdale has wrapped up another fascinating issue of Photographic Canadiana. This issue was packaged May 9th, ready to be mailed this week. I was treated with a personal delivery by editor Lansdale.

The front cover shows a recently found ambrotype by Eli Palmer of Toronto. The subject is a pair of youngsters. The studio shot includes a chair and table used by Palmer in other portraits. The construction of the Ambrotype is very elaborate making this portrait equal or higher in cost to a daguerreotype of the period.

The President’s Message by Clint Hryhorijiw wraps up another fiscal year of our society. The lead article by Irwin Reichstein of Ottawa is a biography of photographer John Hampden Field, sub titled The Odd Career of an Odd Fellow. Continue reading

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