PHSC Fall Fair Bookmark
Toronto. The PHSC is hosting its Fall Fair – The Big One! – at the pierogi palace once again (Trident Hall at Evans and Islington in the west end). Set Sunday, October 27th aside and come out to see Clint, Mark and the guys and gals.
Lots of great gear available for your collection (or user kit). In addition to authentic pierogis, there is an open bar to quench your thirst as you gather the goodies. Free Parking – $7 admission (students with ID free) – Join us at the Fair!
and in collaboration with the Digital Photography Club, we will have a number of photographs on display too. Details will follow in a later post.
Argus MATCH-MATIC C-3
Toronto. The old saying “lipstick on a pig” implies cosmetic changes to a product with little or no internal changes. Argus up graded the C-3 in various ways as the camera market evolved.
The Match-Matic (sometimes shown as Matchmatic) added an accessory shoe and simple exposure meter to the venerable C-3. Once the marketeers got hold of the changes, they touted in ads like this in the May 5, 1958 issue of LIFE that the camera was “as easy to set as a clock”. The meter wasn’t coupled. Just match the meter number to the lens – after setting the shutter dial for “scenes” or “action” (ASA or ISO rating of the film is not mentioned).
NB. This is one of a number of photographic ads in LIFE magazine spotted by George Dunbar who actively browses the web for photographic material.
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Fred Herzog by Jeff Vinnic
Toronto, Years ago, I enjoyed watching Knowledge Network each weekend via satellite. Sadly, the Vancouver based public broadcaster was not included in the Fibe TV service from Bell as it is SD only (no HD or 4K).
Often Knowledge would feature photographs between shows – many the colourful street scenes of Vancouver taken by Fred Herzog about half a century ago.
Fred died from cancer on September 9th. He was 88 years old. I was reminded of his activity when I read his obituary over breakfast in Thursday morning’s Globe.
Conversations at the RIC Wednesday the 25th of September 2019
Toronto. Come on out to the RIC in downtown Toronto next Wednesday to enjoy this scintillating session hosted by Ryerson and open to all at no charge!
The session is being held at the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) next Wednesday evening (7pm start). The two curators, doctors Sandrine Colard and Julie Crooks, converse with the audience about the making of the RIC exhibition celebrating the viewpoints of women in African photography from the 19th century to today.
Dr Julie Crooks spoke to us at the February 2018 meeting, She is a vibrant and engaging speaker. Don’t miss it!
Ilsa Bing – Self Portrait with Leica, Paris 1931
Toronto. The Westlicht Photo Auction next month gives you the opportunity to add some truly iconic photos to your collection.
Mind you, it helps to have deep pockets! Click on the link above and take a careful look at the remarkable offerings that will go under the WestLicht hammer.
Browse these rare and famous photographs and just think how great they would look on your wall – or donated by you to a favourite university or museum. Awesome!
CAMERAMA Sunday Sep 22, 2019
Toronto. In Toronto this weekend? Want to see/buy/sell cameras gear? Then come out this Sunday and visit Camerama!
Click on the icon at left for details. Need a table Sunday or more information? Email Gary.
Sylvania makes a difference…
Toronto. In the mid 1930s, the minicam revolution sparked the rush to miniaturization in photography. Post war, amateur photography’s fresh ideas were indoor photos and colour photos.
Indoor photos made flash guns and flash bulbs big sellers. Companies like Sylvania marketed flash bulbs galore for all serious and budding photographers. In May 5 of 1958, LIFE magazine came out with a six page advertising campaign (start p 85) to promote American photographic products for amateurs. The question for marketeers was, how to differentiate their product when basically all products in a given category were commodities and competitors forced narrow price and quality constraints.
Sylvania stuck with electronic/electric devices. Already a major maker of flash bulbs, they felt a smaller bulb with the same light intensity using a new material could differentiate them. And a Zirconium-filled bulb was the answer – same brightness in a quarter the volume! Wow! A smaller base was also needed. A cheap adapter made their bulbs work fine in the older flash guns with a standard bayonet base socket.
No need for a new camera or flash gun, just buy Sylvania bulbs et voilà! you became a professional photographer! Yeah, right!
Toronto. Fall again and the PHSC Estate auction is coming! We are holding it on Sunday, November 17, 2019 down in the Long Branch area of west end Toronto at the usual venue – free parking and free admission. See the AUCTION menu item for more information.
Come out and enjoy this event while adding to your collection or user gear! Everybody is welcome. Sorry, but we cannot accept lots at the door since this will be an Estate auction.
Our first sample lot photos arrived in early September (thanks Clint). Click on the photo below, then on the icon, and then on any lot icon to see it larger. Your left/right arrows will work to move from one enlarged photo to another. Enjoy!
Fall 2019 Estate Auction – sample lots
Toronto. The Globe on Wednesday this week ran an obit from the NY Times News Service. It announced that the Swiss born NYC photographer had died at 94 at his cottage on Cape Briton, Nova Scotia.
Frank is best remembered for his coffee table size book “The Americans” which contained photographs from across America taken when he emigrated to the states.