Category Archives: processes

March 3, 1947 photographic milestone

Toronto. George Dunbar sent me an email the other day showing the first announcement of Edwin Land’s picture in a minute process in the March 3, 1947 issue of LIFE I recently did a post on the impact this picture … Continue reading

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an early Walcott Daguerreotype?

Toronto. Photographic Canadiana editor Bob Lansdale prefers to collect old images rather than photographic hardware. Last Wednesday our January executive meeting was hosted at his home. Pre meeting we enjoyed seeing a few of the interesting images Bob has collected … Continue reading

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long before digital we had Polaroid!

Toronto. George Dunbar sent me a few old photography ads including this July 1950 Popular Photography Polaroid ad. The Polaroid ad brought to mind many old memories. As a kid in Allandale, I had my first camera – an old Kodak … Continue reading

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A couple of colourful guys

Toronto. For centuries various folk speculated on how we see colour. The postulate of Tom Young hit it on the nail although he had no means to absolutely confirm his theory. In 1802, Young theorized that humans and other primates … Continue reading

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“I can fix that”, he said.

Toronto. We have all heard or read about the famous processes by Daguerre and Fox Talbot that first opened up the art of photography.  I thought many other names in that fine art may be of interest as well. One … Continue reading

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snap-shots for the common man

Toronto. in the 1900s photography took off. Almost everyone could afford a Kodak and shoot family photographs. My dad took this snap c1940 with his trusty Kodak Jr Brownie Six-20 folder. Like millions of families world-wide, my father photographed every … Continue reading

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Getting closer to a universal hobby

Toronto. In 1871, photography crept another step closer to simplicity.  Using gelatin instead of collodion, Dr Maddox was able to create dry plates that were even faster than wet plate technology and for the first time instantaneous pictures (about1/15th of … Continue reading

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Sloppy, but it works

Toronto. When Scott Archer announced his invention, most photographs were studio portraits by Daguerreotypists; while some people used Fox Talbot’s salted paper negatives and prints. Both processes were slow in camera and very technical requiring care and precision to obtain … Continue reading

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A fox in the hen house

Toronto. Talbot was a well off Englishman who painted landscapes in watercolour. On a European trip in 1834, He chose Lake Como in Italy for one painting. Using a Camera Lucida, he dreamed about being able to capture the scene … Continue reading

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A French man with a plan

Toronto. Daguerre was a scenic painter and creator of dioramas. He wanted to find a way to capture scenes and have a record from which to paint the scene for a diorama much later. When he learned Niepce was also … Continue reading

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