Author Archives: Robert

wishful thinking …

Toronto. When Edwin Land announced the famous Polaroid Land system a few years after the war, dealers had difficulty keeping the “picture-in-a-minute” cameras and film in stock.  By the time this ad showed up, the Polaroid system was down to … Continue reading

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Bill’s World

Toronto. In 1995, McClelland & Stewart, Inc (then a famous Canadian Publishing House) published a Canadian edition of “The World of William Notman” written by Hall, Dodds and Triggs. The lavish book had a history of the Notman Studios and a … Continue reading

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OCCS for April cancelled too

Toronto. News from our friends in Ohio of another closing to offset risk of infection.

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Yashica 44LM in LIFE

Toronto. Yashica were very busy mid last century. One series of Yashica cameras took on the mighty Rollei TLRs. The Yashica versions came in the identical 120 roll film size and in the smaller size using 127 roll film. I … Continue reading

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bean bag boogie

Toronto. With the proliferation of fast cameras and films, photographers began to search for a simple support to rest the camera or long lens on. More flexible than a tripod; steadier than hand held, especially when depth of field was … Continue reading

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getting a leg up

Toronto.  Over the years there were many kinds of camera supports. The early studio supports were massive wooden boxes, usually with four legs. When cameras were used outdoors we soon saw the traditional three legs – tripods – first of … Continue reading

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more cancellations from COVID-19 cautions.

Toronto. Steven Evans writes, ” I am very disappointed to tell you that in light of the on-going COVID-19 crisis, the opening reception and open house for my exhibition  — de Pedra — scheduled for March 19th, 21st and 22nd are cancelled. … Continue reading

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photo booths – nostalgia writ large

Toronto. Are you into photo booths? Can you remember when the nerds had cameras but everyone else crowded into a photo booth for a memorable photo of a day at the fair, seaside, etc.? That was before everyone had a … Continue reading

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out of the blue

Toronto, In the days when orthochromatic black and white films were popular, filters were used to darken blue skies so clouds could be better seen in the negative and printed. Leitz had a wide range of yellow and green filters … Continue reading

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PHSC News 19-09 for March 2020

Toronto. Our thought provoking editor Sonja Pushchak and team have whipped up another tasty dish of PHSC News in their latest iteration of our newsletter. Page 1 offers “The Power of any Illusion”; page 2 covers the ever popular Lorne … Continue reading

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