Author Archives: Robert

eulogy for simplicity

Toronto. Kodak made its money in the days of film by selling, ummm, film. And to do that, Kodak sold inexpensive cameras – film burners. But with seemingly a big difference to its competitors – they listened to their customers. … Continue reading

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a call for participation in our virtual programme

Toronto. In a recent post, I mentioned we plan to replace our regular in-person monthly meetings with alternatives. This comment was quickly acted upon by our Programme Coordinator after his proposal was discussed at this past Wednesday’s Executive meeting. This … Continue reading

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just a girl and her camera

Toronto. At a ZOOM meeting the other day, Celio, noted the most popular posts to our Instagram site were photos of photographers with their cameras. Celio collaborated with our newest PHSC exec recruit, Alexandra, to find a way to celebrate … Continue reading

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a Russian Vivian Maier?

Toronto. Vivian Maier was a Chicago nanny who quietly photographed the world around her but never showed the results. Her works were discovered posthumously and surprised viewers when the prints revealed her talent and professional eye. Recently, a similar find … Continue reading

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stereopticon

Toronto. Over the years people have christened their weird and wonderful optical marvels with odd names like “stereopticon” for a mechanical projector of 3D and 2D images. When I looked up the definition of the name in a dictionary, it … Continue reading

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Zoomin’ into 7th heaven

Toronto. We held our seventh COVID-19 inspired exec meeting via ZOOM (This could be the beginning of a wonderful friendship as Rick said in Casablanca). A big thanks to Celio for arranging the meeting once again. Key changes are shown … Continue reading

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that’s how the light gets in – II

Toronto. When the Daguerreotype process was announced in January 1839, it was so slow that only still life and landscape views could be recorded. The news of the process speed resulted in a two direction thrust: chemically, to enhance the … Continue reading

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that’s how the light gets in

Toronto. Did you ever wonder how Chevalier managed to make the first camera for Daguerre complete with a lens before 1839 ? The lens had been designed a quarter century earlier c1812 by the ¬†Englishman Wollaston as a landscape lens … Continue reading

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sand in the works

Toronto. The digital revolution is driven by sand. Silicon is nothing more than reconstituted sand, after all. We in photography are all too aware of the severe impact digital has had on our industry. Film, chemicals, darkrooms, traditional cameras, lighting … Continue reading

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who ya gonna call – II?

Toronto. Who ya gonna call when you want people in middle class America to know about your fresh egg and do some digging? LIFE magazine, that’s who! In the March 8, 1969 issue, a full page ad on page 19 … Continue reading

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