Most talks are recorded on audio tape. Copies are available from the society. For more information, contact Mark Singer at Further information on this roster of speakers can be obtained from Clint Hryhorijiw.

Larry Gubas has been associated with the Zeiss Historica Society for many years.

- May 21, 2003

One of the world's most famous optical firms, Zeiss started in the mid 1800s. Larry gave an expansive coverage of the famous firm and its innovative contributions to all things optical - microscopes, cameras, lenses, optical glass, planetariums, binoculars, etc. by word and image.

Alf Pyner by Robert Lansdale

- June 18, 2003

Alf started with Ilford just after WWII. His talk is based on colour seminars he conducted for Ilford in the 1950s and 60s when Ilford created this famous colour print material** known for its brilliant colours, stability, and long life.

*Dufaycolour in England and outside North America.**Also called CIBAchrome for many years

SILENT AUCTION - selections from the Shean Collection - September 17, 2003

Became a "not so" silent auction. About 50 - 60 lots auctioned off with all but two finding new homes to the benefit of the Shean Estate , the society and the winning bidders.

MONSTERS - Human Freaks in America's Gilded Age.

Monsters - October 15, 2003

In 1979, Toronto photographer Michael Mitchell published a book called Monsters of the Gilded Age - the photographs of Chas Eisenmann. He told the story of the images, their subjects and the photographer at our March 1980 meeting. Tonight, he introduced his updated book and a wealth of new information about Eisenmann and his subjects - a fascinating view of the old days of freak shows and dime museums.


Documenting the Jazz Scene - November 19, 2003

Toronto photographer Paul Hoeffler began photographing the Jazz scene in the 1950s while studying under Minor White, his Professor at R.I.T. in Rochester, New York. Paul loved the scene and jazz became his home. Now in his 60s Paul continues to photograph in the same up-close and personal manner that has been his trademark.

Paul Hoeffler has a long list of solo and group shows. He is represented in numerous museum and private collections including the White House and the Elton John collection. His work is sold through galleries in the United States, Canada and Europe.The public is invited to attend. Click for directions.

yellow filter and zeiss
accessory box

We always have an interesting evening when the members break out their unusual and special pieces to delight and inform us all. And this evening was no exception. A rare stereo camera, a rare detective magazine camera, restoration tips, and a look at the series of portrait lenses made by Voigtlander using the Petzval design. Plus poetry and more!

Director Albert Kish
photo by Robert Lansdale

We open the new year by welcoming Albert Kish, director of a documentory on the famous Montreal photographer, William Notman.

Notman's world: photographs from the Notman collection. National Film Board of Canada; directed by Albert Kish; produced by Bill Brind. When photography was still in its infancy, William Notman opened his first studio in Montreal in the late 1850s. By the time of his death in 1891, over 20 studios were in operation in Canada and the United States. "Not content with doing mere portraiture, he saw photography as a means of documenting history. ... Notman left behind a wealth of photographs that presented an image of Canada as a land of industry and romantic wilderness; images that persist to this day."

Albert Kish brought a fresh print of Notman's World to show us and followed the viewing with an engaging discussion of the film and the creative process a director uses.

Clint showing an unusual album of Japanese images

The program originally scheduled with Joe Behar was cancelled on short notice and Programme Chairman Clint Hryhorijiw quickly improvised a great evening of information on unusual items recently collected by a few members. The subject matter covered odd cameras, old cameras, new cameras, magazines, images and photo albums. A terrific evening of discussion and participation with our improv guests.

Peter Little
Director of Marketing
for Consumer Products,
Kodak Canada

Kodak recently announced the end of camera production for the North American and European market, Digital cameras are outselling film cameras, the hottest cell phones come with a built-in camera. The recent Mars rovers are sending back the best ever images from space using digital cameras containing sensors designed by a Waterloo, Ontario company. There is a revolution well under way!

We caught a ride on the digital wave at our March meeting as Peter Little gave us his take on digital photography backed by careful industry analysis and statistics. From talks like this one can appreciate the upheavals caused by the wet-plate, dry-plate, film, and colour revolutions as photography evolved from the Daguerreotype and Calotypes of 1839.

the old Henry's store
Toronto's famous
camera stores

April is traditionally the month for our annual business meeting -- a summing up of the past year and plans for the next. We will celebrate our 30th anniversary in 2004/5.

Henry's School of Imaging manager, Jorge DaSilva, gave us an informative look at the high end of the digital revolution. His presentation was based on a 3 hour seminar which Henry's offers to bring professionals and serious amateur photographers up to speed on the mechanics of digital photography. A timely presentation as we move from the silver based chemistry that has served the industry since its creation 165 years ago to a new era of electronically captured images 'developed' in the computer and printed with ink or pigment dyes at home or on commercial facilities. This talk nicely complements our March presentation by Peter Little of Kodak on the family snap-shooter and consumer viewpoint.

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