Category Archives: people

…news at eleven – an homage to News Photographers everywhere

Toronto. This is a review of the April 2017 PHSC meeting on News Photographers. Who would have thought Toronto would have two sports teams in the playoffs? Between this and medical issues, we changed the speakers to Spike Bell of Windsor … Continue reading

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21st century photographer

Toronto. The stand alone camera as we know it will soon disappear in the face of the ubiquitous smartphone (shown is an iPod Touch). Modern photographers shoot digital and view digital. The files may be downloaded to a computer and … Continue reading

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When a Professional was a Professional!

Toronto. Every Canadian knows of the sudden death football game for the Grey Cup. In 1956 – about 60 years ago – a gaggle of professionals gussied up in mainly medium format cameras with attached flash, were in the Varsity … Continue reading

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Dawson City: Frozen in Time

Toronto. An annual feature of this city is its “Hot Docs” festival. At this year’s festival one of the documentaries was called “Dawson City: Frozen in Time“. This film covers the find up in that illustrious Yukon town of many … Continue reading

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Brave New World

Toronto. As a  youngster I can remember the early August 1945 newspapers headlining that America had dropped an atomic bomb on Japan. We read in awe about the devastation of Hiroshima, amazed that one small bomb could wreak such damage … Continue reading

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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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When Freddie bought the Farm..

Toronto. … and Ernie bought the business. In the early to mid 1800s, most of my ancestors were still in England in the villages around London. The horse was the main mode of transportation, aside from ships for those daring enough … Continue reading

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A walk in the park

Toronto. Joy Cohnstaedt wrote me recently about the presentation “Walk the Six West: History on the Humber”. This talk and show will be of interest to everyone, especially to those living in the west end of Toronto near the Humber … Continue reading

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Annie, get your gun

Toronto. My friend (don’t know what this site would do without his terrific input) George Dunbar writes, “This CBC news story regarding Annie Leibovitz and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia should certainly interest PHSC members.” Annie was one of my … Continue reading

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A Broken Arrow and Photography

Toronto. In the late 1950s as I sat on a runway waiting for takeoff, the pilot announced that we could look out a cabin window and see the famous Avro Arrow about to take off. I was thrilled to see … Continue reading

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