Microcosms Macrocosms

From Bonsai by Yamamoto Masao
At Stephen Bulger Gallery

Toronto. The works of photographer Yamamoto Masao will be featured in the Stephen Bulger Gallery October 20th to November 17th, 2018 with the opening reception on Saturday, October 20th from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The editorial on the exhibit is as follows:

“Stephen Bulger Gallery is pleased to present ‘Microcosms Macrocosms‘, the first Canadian exhibition of work by the acclaimed artist Yamamoto Masao.

“Yamamoto is renowned for his small hand-worked gelatin silver prints, which he delicately distresses to imbue the object with a degree of patina in order for the photographs to appear from an indeterminant time, encouraging the viewer to engage with photography as a tactile experience. The sensual surfaces of his black and white photographs contain subtle tones that contrast with ephemeral moments he explores in his imagery.

“Yamamoto’s photographs are often compared to Japanese Haiku, short poems that derive their power from simple and direct images drawn from nature.

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imagine … images in November!

Nov 25, 2018 Image Show

Toronto. Our VP Ashley Cook will host another Image Show at the Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, downtown Toronto.

Just click on the poster at left to see all the details.

This is a great opportunity to augment your collection of images for free (admission). The show will be open from noon to 4 pm so you can inspect your discoveries over supper in a nearby eatery!

Just jump on the red rocket (TTC) and drop by.

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beginning to see the light …

Diogenes Searches – Robert Ariail

Toronto. A couple of millennials ago, the Greek philosopher Diogenes was said to be searching for an honest man. An all too appropriate pursuit today. American editorial cartoonist Robert Ariail‘s  drawing shown at left is dated February 13th, 2018. The full cartoon shows Diogenes searching for “a man who has never abused a woman”. And what would Ariail think about the Kavanaugh circus of this fall!

Regardless of the circus south of us, in this era of digital photography, Diogenes’s lantern would be very handy to search for users of film technology – and he would succeed as writer Salmaan Farooqui notes in Monday’s Globe, “As millennials take up film photography, darkrooms see a bright future ahead“. The article uses our Downtown Camera store as a basis for the enthusiasm shown.

How timely is our fall fair! We are holding it this coming Sunday, October 14th, 2018. You can find lots of film era gear for the exposure of film, plus studio, darkroom, and more!

It’s worth a visit if you are part of the rebirth of film photography, a digital maven, or just want to add to your photography collection! There are bargains galore on the 14th.

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have you read about the father of photography?

The Two Ways of Life – 1857 By Oscar Gustave Rejlander

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 can read about him on Wikipedia.

Due to his influence on the work of prominent British photographers and traditional artists of the era, he is known today as the father of photography (whether you ever heard of him or not).

And you can see an exhibit of his works at our National Gallery. The exhibit will run from October 19th, 2018 to February 3rd next year before heading down to the Getty in L.A. The reception is the night before it opens, at 6 to 8 pm the 18th in Ottawa.

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our fall fair is next week, Sunday October 14th.

Click on above for details

Toronto. Enjoy the turkey and other thanksgiving treats to day, but be sure to attend the fall photographica-fair next Sunday, October 14th.

We are at the same location – Evans and Islington at the Trident Hall in the West End. Lots of free parking. Come on down and see what you can do to swap or add to your collection – or use for both digital and film work!

Worth the trip if you use or collect photographica!

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10th annual BMO World Film Festival Oct 11-21 at AGH

Hamilton’s 10th Annual BMO World Film Festival

Toronto. It’s hard to imagine, but our neighbours in Hamilton are hosting their 10th Annual BMO World Film Festival.  The festival is hosted by the Art Gallery of Hamilton and will run from October 11th to October 21st of this year.

If you like movies (and missed TIFF) then be sure you visit this festival, just an hour away west of here around the golden horseshoe.

A big thank you to Bob Lansdale for pointing out this event in near-by Hamilton, Ontario.

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October Snap-shots out


Toronto. The PHSNE has been one of our exchange members for decades. Good friend, PHSC editor and resident photographer Bob Lansdale reminded me that the organization’s latest edition of snap-shots is now available.

Take a look at this pdf sent by one of our sister organizations founded just a year before us!

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Canadian Pacific spans the world

Canadian Pacific poster
Swann Auction Galleries
Lot 14 going Oct 25 2018

Toronto. Our friends at Swann Auction Galleries in the Big Apple are doing another great travel poster auction. This is a great chance to augment your photgraphica collection with some great poster art!

The example I show here is a c1930 poster from the days when Canadian Pacific had railways, hotels, ships and more, spanning  the world.

Swann will hold the auction of vintage posters beginning at 1:30 pm October 25th, 2018. Previews earlier (see auction link)

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Specialized Antique Cycling Photographica

Lorne Shields
by Robert Lansdale

Toronto. PHSC Meeting, Wed, Oct 17 2018 at 7:00 pm
In the BURGUNDY ROOM of the Memorial Hall

Specialized Antique Cycling Photographica – Lorne Shields
Lorne has specialized in bicycles and cycling photographica for over 40 years including presentations in Europe, the UK, USA and Canada. For this meeting, he will give a talk on his extensive collection of antique cycling photographica.

Included will be many different and elusive processes like the Daguerreotype, opalotype, carbon print, and platinum print. Images will include the earliest cycles ranging from one to five wheels! Join Lorne as he travels along cycling’s rich historic photographic past.

The public is always welcome. Go to our Programs page for directions.

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Swann Galleries Photo Auction

Spirit Photography – Lot 321 Oct 18, 2018 Auction by Swann Auction Galleries, NYC

Toronto. Now the NAFTA heat and rhetoric have lessened, maybe it’s time to visit the Big Apple again. Our friends at Swann Galleries are conducting their periodic photograph auction beginning Thursday, October  18, 2018 at 1:00 pm.

Have a look-see at the catalogue – you may find just the print to add to your collection!


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