Monthly Archives: August 2019

the long and the short of it

Toronto. Those photographers wishing to get closer to their subject than their camera allowed had two choices: an auxiliary lens could be added to the front of the normal lens, or if the lens was interchangeable, the lens could be … Continue reading

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faster than a speeding bullet

Toronto, No, it’s not Superman – it’s Super Anscochrome colour film. Anscochrome touted its film as being “faster than standard black-and-white film” on pp32-3 of the June 17, 1957 issue of LIFE, the Binghamton Brigade set out to tell the … Continue reading

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a long shot

Toronto. I saw this Exakta ad a long ago. It was part of the background that made me decide to go for an Exakta decades ago back before I was married, or a father.  The big selling point was that … Continue reading

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CNE and Cinematographe

Toronto. Cinema and Movies seem so passé these days of TV, streaming, and smartphones but over a century ago movies where the newest means of education and entertainment. The CNE was known as the “Toronto Industrial Exhibition” in those days … Continue reading

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Louis who? Movies before Edison?

Toronto. Thanks to my good friend George Dunbar who emailed me when he found this insightful article. Back in August 29, 2013, the British National Science+Media Museum website in Bradford, UK posted the article by Kieron Casey. Casey suggested that … Continue reading

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surprise!

Toronto.  You do remember actress Mamie Van Doren don’t you? No? What about photographer Ralph Crane? No, again? Then you are either too young or never saw a movie last century in a theatre or on TV! Crane worked for … Continue reading

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the great yellow father

Toronto.  In the early to mid last century Kodak was the pre-eminent name in photography. The company was known world-wide. Retailers featured Kodak film, paper, and if not exclusively camera shops, Kodak cameras and gift kits. Kodak offered every imaginable … Continue reading

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China through British eyes in 1980s

Toronto. Russ Forfar often alerts me to interesting scientific concepts potentially of use in future photographic endeavours. This time Russ sent me a note on a new book by the British photographer Adrian Bradshaw. Adrian has been interested in China … Continue reading

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something’s wrong with this picture

Toronto. Over half a century ago, I was struggling with my black and white prints. They were terrible. I resolved to focus on improving them and eventually did so by matching my negative contrast to the print contrast and choosing … Continue reading

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you’ve seen Marilyn Lightstone

Toronto. Marilyn Lightstone is a Canadian actress and artist. One media she uses is photography. Have a look here at her photographs. My thanks to George Dunbar for bringing Ms Lightstone to my attention.

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