Monthly Archives: November 2018

a spark of light

Toronto. We all (almost all) can remember Dr Harold Edgerton of M.I.T. and his famous speed light shots in the early days of electronic flash. These shots allowed us to see phenomenon that was too brief for the human eye … Continue reading

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things we take for granted

Toronto. See a great photo. Out comes the smartphone. Click, click, click, click, and one of the rapidly taken shots is a real winner. Upload to home and friends. Phone into pocket and we continue on. Just a normal sunny … Continue reading

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smartphone portraits

Toronto. Studios have been disappearing rapidly these days. One possible cause is the ubiquitous smartphone. The example at left was shot with the iPhone XR’s  12 megapixel camera which has a lens equivalent to a 35mm lens but with a … Continue reading

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PHSC News newsletter 2018-11 issued yesterday.

Toronto. Did you miss getting this issue directly? Just let me know your email and name as I will add you to our MailChimp list. This tasty edition of Sonja’s latest thrilling newsletter is available by clicking the thumbnail daguerreotype … Continue reading

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Toronto. The city of Toronto is formed from many, many neighbourhoods, one of which in the south east area is known as Corktown (really). If you haven’t a clue about Corktown or its people, you need to read Coralina Limos’s … Continue reading

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small club, huge impact

Toronto. The Photographic Historical Society (TPHS) across the lake in Rochester has always been a small organization but its impact is world wide. This tiny group organized the famous Symposium, generally held every three years. The group was founded in … Continue reading

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a great photo resource right here

Toronto. We are enjoying the expansion and flexing of our newest University – Ryerson. Over a half century ago the much smaller institute was called the Ryerson Institute of Technology. Today, it is a bustling rapidly growing university, ready to … Continue reading

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A great Kodak

Toronto. The August 13, 1953 issue of LIFE magazine (page 87) touted this camera that chose to compete with the pricier Leicas and Zeiss cameras of the day. The Signet 35 has an f/3.5 lens – likely based on the … Continue reading

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VM en couleur

Toronto. I have written a few times on the posthumous B&W images of iconic Chicago nanny, Vivian Maier. On November 6, 2018, the Guardian newspaper in the UK published a photo essay on her colour photographs. The colour renditions will … Continue reading

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lest we forget …

Toronto. The first world war – the war to end all wars –  ended one hundred years ago today. Armistice was November 11 at 11 am. For many years we have celebrated Remembrance Day. Like most families, I have ancestors … Continue reading

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