Category Archives: people

Image Arts Alumni

Toronto. The PHSC has many links to Ryerson. We have an annual thesis award for the best student thesis in their Masters program in photography preservation. Some members are graduates of the school including our journal editor Bob Lansdale. Many … Continue reading

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180 years later

Toronto. 180 years ago next January the world received the astonishing news that Louis Daguerre had invented a way to capture an image using the power of the sun and more, he had given his method to the world for … Continue reading

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Emile Zola… photographer??

Toronto. Emile Zola lived from 1840 to 1902 when he died under curious circumstances. Zola was one of the most famous French authors of his era. He was notorious for his role in the Dreyfus affair. Like many well to … Continue reading

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John T Bock September 2018

Toronto. I received a sad note today from Hans Bock to tell us his father had passed away last month. John first joined the PHSC in 1987 and has been a perennial table holder at our fairs. I will miss … Continue reading

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have you read about the father of photography?

Toronto. Browsing books on photography in the 70s and 80s you could find photos of someone in England called Oscar Rejlander (1813-1875). He was born in Sweden (hence his name) but lived most of his life in the UK. You … Continue reading

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Edward Burtynsky – Anthropocene

Toronto. I first learned about Ed Burtynsky and his large camera prints of how we are affecting the world when I saw Jennifer Baichwal’s ¬†Manufactured Landscapes at TIFF in 2006. I did a post on Ed a decade later in … Continue reading

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McLuhan and the PHSC

Toronto. An oft repeated axiom is that you are never more than six degrees removed from someone famous. As time has pased, I have always admired the accuracy of this simple statement, which brings me to Marshall McLuhan and his … Continue reading

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scooping the war

Toronto. A few days back George Dunbar dropped me an email about an ¬†article in the magazine/website Canada’s History called “Scooping the War“. Those of us who are old enough or who were blessed as news photographers know full well … Continue reading

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two female Canadian war photographers

Toronto. George Dunbar sent me a note the other day celebrating two Canadians who photographed part of the second world war in Europe. Jenny Whitehead was a ¬†leading WREN in the Canadian Navy while Irene Lockwood was a corporal in … Continue reading

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fans in a flashbulb

Toronto. Fans of the late war photographer Robert Capa remember this great man, but what about his companion, a woman war photographer called Gerda Taro? Like Capa, Gerda Taro changed her name back in 1936. Sadly Taro died the following … Continue reading

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