Category Archives: history

follow da money

Toronto. When I was a kid, magazines were rife with ads offering ways to get rich. These ads made it seem so easy. The ad at left, was aimed at wishful future photographers. The ad even promised a free “professional … Continue reading

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another dimension

Toronto. Paintings and regular photos are done in two dimensions. Careful use of shadows (lighting for photos) give a more modelled view of the subject. Most humans have two eyes 2 to 3 inches apart giving two images of any … Continue reading

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if it moves, shoot it …

Toronto. An old military saying was, “If it moves salute it; if not, paint it”. My colour blind uncle was a painter on a military base after the end of WW2. He told me the paint tins were marked to … Continue reading

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the importance of being a photographer

Toronto. The internet, streaming services, and television have a voracious appetite for videos. A century or so ago it was magazines and newspapers with the heavy appetites for still images and drawings. Any time before 1839, your ancestor had to … Continue reading

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flash … bang …

Toronto. In the 19th and early 20th century indoor and night photography required flash for a decent exposure. Unfortunately, the magnesium powder that created a bright light when ignited was unstable and unless great care was taken, it would suddenly … Continue reading

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stick a pin in it

Toronto. Just over three years ago I did a post on the simple pinhole camera. This wonderful solution to a camera for all even had a day devoted to photographs taken by pinhole cameras (a day in April). My friend … Continue reading

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once upon a time in Canada

Toronto. A few years after the second world war ended, Ernst Leitz established a factory in Midland, Ontario. At this subsidiary factory cameras were assembled from Wetzlar parts, manufactured, and lenses were assembled, manufactured and designed. In our journal, issue … Continue reading

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stretching it

Toronto. Good friend, PHSC member, and photographic historian George Dunbar shared this bit of whimsey with me. The February 1928 issue of “Science and Invention” included an article titled, “Enlarging Photos by Stretching” attributed to an “A W Herbert”. Herbert … Continue reading

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take it and show it

Toronto. One of the headaches facing the home movie crowd was the fact so many different gadgets were needed to take and show movies. One idea was to use just one instrument as both the camera, and with added illumination, … Continue reading

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illuminating and breathless

Toronto. This is a photo of a cameraman slowly moving by a wheelie while the lighting and actors stay in place. The lady in the striped dress is none other than the tragic┬áJean Seberg with her French co-star Jean Paul … Continue reading

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