Tag Archives: LIFE

spoofing photographers

Toronto. The old LIFE magazine had a column titled “speaking of pictures”. In its June 22, 1953 edition, LIFE presented would-be photographer George Goodman in this column. Goodman’s claim to fame was the marvellous series of skits he shot portraying … 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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a crying shame

Toronto.  Mid last century photo studios used lots of ideas to increase traffic as our program director, Yvette Bessels, suggested in  a recent Toronto meeting program. My friend, pro-photographer, and fellow PHSC member, George Dunbar, suggested one great option that … Continue reading

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unintended consequences

Toronto. Last week’s Globe and Mail carried a column by Rachel Wine on the exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC). The exhibition is the photo essay Gordon Parks did in 1961 for LIFE magazine called The Flávio Story. It … Continue reading

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high and mighty

Toronto. This photo of the big apple reminds me of PHSC member, the late Boris Spremo in his heyday a top the CN tower to shoot Toronto. In 1952, the RCA TV tower was the world’s highest TV antenna high … Continue reading

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Alice Austen of Staten Island, photographer

Toronto. George Dunbar dropped me a note the other day about an early American woman photographer who was discovered by a wider audience only near the end of her life. Like Vivian Maier, she embraced photography as a hobby, but took … Continue reading

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freezing motion at slow shutter speeds

  Toronto. In the days of film, photographers used a trick to freeze a subject into sharp focus – scanning.  An article in a very old issue of LIFE magazine (Sept 17, 1951, p 121) shows the effect at a … Continue reading

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a tip of the hat to professionals

Toronto. LIFE magazine back on May 21, 1951 published an advertisement by Ansco on page 95 encouraging families to get a professional portrait taken – using Ansco products, of course. For reasons best known by the Ansco advertising agency, the … Continue reading

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all the news that’s FAKE to print …

Toronto. It is often thought that manipulation of photographs only happened after Photoshop and its ilk arrived on the scene. However, decades before Photoshop, a savvy darkroom expert could seamlessly blend or otherwise manipulate two or more negatives or prints … Continue reading

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a flash in the pan

Toronto. For Christmas 1951 I received the gift of a Brownie Hawk-eye kit with a camera (box), a roll of 620  film, flash  bulbs, flash-gun, dry cells for the gun and a plastic protector to hang over the flash-gun in … Continue reading

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