Author Archives: Robert

if winter comes …

Toronto. … can spring be far behind? The delectable editor of PhotoEd, Ms Rita Godlevskis, announces two big events: The online version of PhotoEd’s winter edition and a call for material due February 1st for the PhotoEd spring edition. Be … Continue reading

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merry Christmas for those celebrating today

Toronto. Many of us wait until today to celebrate Christmas. Our president, Lewko Hryhorijiw, when asked gave an amazingly long list of countries still celebrating Christmas a couple of weeks later than December 25th. So to one and all, have … Continue reading

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they’re coming! they’re coming!

Toronto. In this case, it was the Japanese camera makers who moved on to America and Europe after the Korean War. They slowly eliminated both American and most German makers of film cameras. In the latter part of the last … Continue reading

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by the light of the silvery moon

Toronto. From the very beginning of photography, the moon and photography have worked closely together. John William Draper made his daguerreotype of the moon in 1840. It is the earliest existing photographic image of the moon. A cleaned up version … Continue reading

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a loopy idea

Toronto. I show three magnifier loupes at the left. The first is a Taylor, Taylor, Hobson brass loupe used in the late 1800s to focus a lens on the massive old field/studio cameras so that the subject was sharp on … Continue reading

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FIPP 2010-2019

Toronto. Sad news from Freemantle, Australia last week. The Freemantle International Portrait Prize (FIPP) has been discontinued. The originators wrote, “All good things must come to an end. The FIPP Committee recently decided that FIPP 2019 would be our last; … Continue reading

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two for the show …

Toronto. I began working for Bell just months after Toll Area was formed. In those days Bell Labs in New Jersey did a wide variety of research. This article from the December, 1935 issue of Electronics tells of the collaboration between … Continue reading

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happy new year everyone!

Toronto. Well thank god 2020 is over! What miserable year it was too! Let’s hope 2021 will be far better and let us get back to normal again by summer! All the best for 2021 from the Photographic Historical Society … Continue reading

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take your time …

Toronto. … as my mother used to say when she felt that I was dragging my heels. But sometimes taking your time is beneficial. Photographic media are sensitive to the volume of visible light hitting the sensitive surface. Traditionally two … Continue reading

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metal detectors and photography

Toronto. You may think metal detectors and photography have little in common but sometimes they do! When I was young, I saw pictures of people using war surplus metal detectors to find “buried treasure” – usually a few coins and … Continue reading

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