Portrait of a Period

Toronto. Those of us who lust after Notman photos will welcome this book of the studio’s selected images from 1856-1915. Details for many Notman photographs reside in the McCord museum on Sherbrooke Street in Montreal, across from McGill University.

The Scotsman, William Notman, opened his studio in Montreal on Bleury Street and later expanded to other locales in Eastern North America.  He is known for his group photos of the period when cameras and their media suffered from slow speeds. He overcame this limitation by planning out each event, then photographing key people in his studio in action and at the correct proportion. Carefully cutting and pasting the staged action shots, he re-photographed his work and published it for all to buy and see.

When I first worked in downtown Montreal, I picked up a remaindered copy of this book, later trading it for a Leica lens. Come down to our auction on Sunday the 15th of March to see this book and other goodies go under the hammer of our auctioneer. Lewko (Cint) Hryhorijiw is the PHSC President, an Image Collector, and a Professional Photographer well versed in the value of photographica.  Good food, good friends, free admission, free parking – what better way to enjoy a Sunday in Toronto?

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