Author Archives: Robert

pictorialism

Toronto. Many well known photographers of the late 19th and early 20th century embraced the off shoot of photography called pictorialism. A bit late to the game, but a prolific photographer and author, William Mortensen joined the Hollywood fraternity in the … Continue reading

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Charlie Hodge and the MNI

Toronto. Dr Wilder Penfield founded McGill’s Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) in 1934. The institute became world famous for Penfield’s ground breaking research on seizures and  the human brain. Charlie Hodge was his Neurological Photographer of choice. In 1945, a 21 … Continue reading

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a German perspective on Photography’s history

Toronto. Most of the books I have on the History of Photography are English or American. For a German view point, I look at a  translation of Eder’s History of Photography. Austrian Josef Maria Eder wrote the 3rd edition of … Continue reading

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it’s always an attraction

Toronto. Niagara Falls. Such a world-wide attraction.Even studios used the falls as a picture on a backdrop. The roar of the falls is very evident when you visit in person. The Ontario side has beautiful park lands and attractions. Sleazier … Continue reading

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the old way to get pictures quickly

Toronto. In the film era you waited days or weeks to see the results of your camera efforts – unless you owned one of the marvellous Polaroid cameras that gave you a picture in a minute! Edwin Land came up … Continue reading

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sure they are tiny but do they work?

Toronto. For a time there was a sub category of camera collecting – collecting sub-miniatures. In practical terms, only the Minox was well engineered. But it, like all the others, suffered a fatal flaw: tiny negatives. Negative material (a.k.a. film) … Continue reading

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who shot Ott on wot and why?

Toronto. Well, some time around the 1893 World’s fair in Chicago, Edison chose his employee Fred Ott for a movie experiment. Why Ott? Ott was notorious for his violent sneezes! On this occasion he needed a little help to “pull the … Continue reading

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Douglas Kirkland exhibition in Paris, France

  Toronto. Our friends at GadCOLLECTION over in Paris are hosting an exhibition this summer from May 24th to July 3rd 2018. If you are in Europe this summer be sure to visit GadCOLLECTION and see this showing of images … Continue reading

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PHSC News 17-10 for April 2018

Toronto. Another magnificent theme based issue of our favourite newsletter went out this morning to all who are on our list (just drop me an email to join). The wacky little (really little) digital camera looks like a wedge of … Continue reading

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Vivian Maier exhibition in Austria May 29 to Aug 19, 2018

Toronto. Our friends at WestLicht gallery in Austria, are exhibiting a number of prints by the late Vivian Maier of Chicago. Her work was discovered by accident shortly after her death. Click here to read the full details in the WestLicht … Continue reading

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