Tag Archives: wet-plate

food for thought

Toronto. During the US civil war, Mathew Brady became famous for his battle field wet plate photography. The process demanded that the plate be sensitized, exposed and processed while still wet or its sensitivity would disappear like the morning mist … Continue reading

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review of September talk on tintypes

Toronto. Stephen Brule, a young Ryerson graduate practicing the ancient art of wet-plate photography, spoke to us in September. Stephen brought along a slide presentation plus his home made plate preparation and development desk, a massive studio style 4800 watt-second flash … Continue reading

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all a-twitter

Toronto. I had an email Sunday from Sonja and John, our PHSC graphics duo. John writes, “The THA (Toronto Historical Association), of which we happen to have bought a membership, has a Twitter account. They offered to post our tweets. … Continue reading

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PHSC News 18-03 for September, 2018

Toronto. Another nifty page turner produced by our Sonja Pushchak. This delightful issue weighs in at 11 pages. The lead article on Cruise Queen ties in an early use of colour photos in commercial advertising with the illustration of a … Continue reading

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Wet-Plate Photography

Toronto. PHSC Meeting, Wed, Sept 19 2018 at 7:00 pm In the BURGUNDY ROOM of the Memorial Hall Wet-Plate Photography – Stephen Brûlé The technology of wet-plate photography was invented by Frederick Scott Archer in 1851. It replaced the first … Continue reading

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Magical Mystery (Makeover Studio) Tour

Toronto. PHSC Meeting, Wed, June 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm In the BURGUNDY ROOM of the Memorial Hall Magical Mystery Makeover Studio Tour – Yvette Bessels In May of 1967, the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band as … Continue reading

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would you rather a Kodak 35 to a wet plate camera?

Toronto. In late October, 1950, LIFE magazine ran an ad for Seagram’s American version of  Gin called Ancient Bottle Gin. To promote it as a modern drink, the ad suggested you would more likely prefer a snappy modern Kodak 35 … Continue reading

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Sloppy, but it works

Toronto. When Scott Archer announced his invention, most photographs were studio portraits by Daguerreotypists; while some people used Fox Talbot’s salted paper negatives and prints. Both processes were slow in camera and very technical requiring care and precision to obtain … Continue reading

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A Sensitive Thing

Toronto. After 1851 when Frederick Scott Archer invented the first practical wet-plate process, you could tell a photographer from his blackened finger-tips. This situation came about by the practitioner’s need to sensitize his glass plate with a silver nitrate solution. … 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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