Tag Archives: history

Selfie anyone?

Toronto. On November 1st, George Dunbar dropped me a brief email extolling these rare photos of times past. While none is Canadian, the pictures themselves show the way were were about a century ago when photographs were mostly taken by … Continue reading

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it was the season of Darkness

Toronto. A few days ago I suggested the smartphone camera is revolutionizing photography compared with what we grew up with in the days of film and 35mm cameras. This view was confirmed, emphasized and detailed by Matthew Panzarino’s definitive review … Continue reading

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The future’s so bright…

Toronto.  … I gotta wear shades is a nuclear holocaust song by Timbuk3. Apple’s recent announcement of the iPhone 8 and the anniversary model iPhone X (iPhone 10) celebrating a decade since the industry disrupting iPhone was first released, prompted me … Continue reading

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The (nearly) forgotten photographer – Edwin Haynes

Toronto. This report is a review of our May, 2017 presentation on Edwin Thomas Haynes (come out this September 20th to our next presentation). The story and selected photographs by Edwin Haynes were presented by his grand nephew and photographer Bruce … 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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On Learning Photography and Photographic History

Toronto. I spent many years learning by trial and error how to make decent B&W photographs. Most of my learning came magazines and some how-to books, plus peppering knowledgeable friends with questions. My first book on the history side of … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Canada!

Toronto. Member Harold Staats felt we should honour Canada Day this year with a portrait of Sir John A MacDonald, our first Prime Minister in 1867. This portrait was taken by our most famous photographic studio, Willam Notman. Notman began … Continue reading

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Fred Spira and Photographic History

Toronto. The late Fred Spira of New York City made his fortune and fame creating and selling inexpensive photographic lenses and accessories as well as importing many Japanese products from the late 1940s, all sold under the Spiratone brand. He … Continue reading

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CAMERA – A History of Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital

Toronto. At our May 1999 meeting we had the pleasure of hearing Todd Gustavson talk about the Cameras of George Eastman House (GEH). A decade later in 2009, Todd published a book titled “CAMERA – A History of Photography from … Continue reading

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Remember the Polaroid Cameras?

Toronto. Edwin Land first offered the Polaroid Land “picture in a minute” Camera after WW2, a time when it took a week for the average person to receive prints from his photographs. I gave my dad a Polaroid in the … Continue reading

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