Category Archives: people

selfies: hope vs. reality

Toronto. About 60 years ago, Polaroid advertised that “everyone” used their system to take home photos (i.e. “selfies” – a name coined  just a few years ago). That was hope since the reality was that a very small percentage of … Continue reading

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so long Christie

Toronto. I don’t often do a post on journalists, but Christie Blatchford is an exception. Here in the big smoke she is well known,  having worked for all four of the big dailies over the years. She was known by … Continue reading

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Help! I Need Somebody

Toronto. As the Beatles so eloquently sang last century, our journal editor, Bob Lansdale needs your help with the history related to the photographer who took this Chromotype. For those of you unfamiliar with the process, a Chromotype uses an … Continue reading

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Henri Cartier-Bresson

Toronto. When I think of Cartier-Bresson, two things come to mind: His Leica and his photograph “Decisive Moment” showing a man leaping over puddles as he runs to work. You can hear Henri discuss this and other well known photographs … Continue reading

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a head for photography

Toronto. My friend George Dunbar sometimes finds the most unusual things as he pursues his research into photographic history. This one is a recent topic he spotted. ILFORD has a film series called ILFORD Inspires. This one is titled Brendan … Continue reading

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a phlock of photogs

Toronto. Nearly 60 years ago, LIFE gathered all its photographers, including one retired photographer in NYC for this group shot. It is the topic of the January 18, 1960 Speaking of Pictures column (pp 8, 9). Of the group, only … Continue reading

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Lives Lived – RGW (1943 – 2019)

Toronto. The Globe and Mail has a column called Lives Lived on the obituary page to celebrate those who have passed on earlier. The column on Bob was written by his partner May Maskow and a family friend Philippa Campsie. … Continue reading

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happy birthday Louie

Toronto. On November 18th, 1787 – a mere 232 years ago, Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre was born. And in January 1839 the most important announcement was made: Daguerre (yes this Daguerre) had invented photography. His process created the daguerreotype, a … Continue reading

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Robert Freeman, photographer 82

Toronto. Wednesday’s Globe carried the Obituary from the NY Times. Robert Freeman died this month after a lengthy illness. The obituary was written by NY Times columnist Richard Sandomir. Freeman is best known for his early album cover shots of … Continue reading

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Jack Ford, Photographer 97

Toronto. Mr Ford died May 3 of this year (2019) here in the big smoke of a brain tumour.  I did a post on Jack two years ago. He was known for his World War 2 photographs. While born in … Continue reading

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