Category Archives: book

Nadar Bio Reviewed in NYT Book Review

Toronto. In January 1839 when the Daguerreotype was first announced, Gaspard-Felix Tournachon was just 18 years old. Know to one and all as Nadar, he enthusiastically promoted the new art form. He opened his own studio in 1854. Archer had … Continue reading

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Have you heard?

Toronto. Word on the street is that we will be joining PhotoEd magazine to participate in this fall’s annual celebration of books… The book & magazine festival will take place on Sunday, September 24, 2017 down at the Harbourfront Centre … Continue reading

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On Learning Photography and Photographic History

Toronto. I spent many years learning by trial and error how to make decent B&W photographs. Most of my learning came magazines and some how-to books, plus peppering knowledgeable friends with questions. My first book on the history side of … Continue reading

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McKeown’s Camera Guide (online version) is progressing!

Toronto. Jim McKeown, co-author of McKeown’s Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, emailed me Sunday (yesterday) that the massive online update to his reference guide for camera collectors will  soon be ready for testing. The new title is “McKeown’s Camera Encyclopedia … Continue reading

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A Flash of Inspiration

Toronto. My good friend David Bridge recently did a study of a little flash synchronizer intended to be used in the days when flash bulbs were common but in-camera flash sync was not.  His comments prompted me to dig out … Continue reading

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Fred Spira and Photographic History

Toronto. The late Fred Spira of New York City made his fortune and fame creating and selling inexpensive photographic lenses and accessories as well as importing many Japanese products from the late 1940s, all sold under the Spiratone brand. He … Continue reading

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CAMERA – A History of Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital

Toronto. At our May 1999 meeting we had the pleasure of hearing Todd Gustavson talk about the Cameras of George Eastman House (GEH). A decade later in 2009, Todd published a book titled “CAMERA – A History of Photography from … Continue reading

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Review of Book on 19th Century French Lenses

Toronto. I did this review for Bob Lansdale back on August 3rd, 2013. At the time, the author had sent the book to Bob for review and write up in the journal Photographic Canadiana. This the review I wrote at … Continue reading

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Book on 19th Century German Lenses

Toronto. Journal editor Bob Lansdale loaned me the second book in Corrado D’Agostini’s series on 19th Century Photographic Lenses. Both are sold in the US by Camerabooks.com. This book is posted as costing $109 USD plus shipping. The first book in 19th … Continue reading

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Miniature Camera Work

Toronto. May 12, 1982 I picked up this book used from Edwards Books on Queen Street near Spadina. The bookstore was selling off a massive collection of photographic books. This book was a 1938 first edition by Morgan & Lester … Continue reading

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