Tag Archives: color

the shadow knows…

Toronto. I remember as a child of seven or eight listening to radio dramas. One was called “The Shadow” and  his alter ego, “Lamont Cranston”. Like Cranston, the tell of a flash photograph with the flash gun mounted on a … Continue reading

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movies, colour slides, and loose change

Toronto.  After about two decades of scrimping, the average person finally had some money for discretionary spending. Marketeers leaped on this largess and pummelled the common man with ideas for things he did not need. In the case of photography, … Continue reading

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der Leica farbig (the Leica in colour)

Toronto. It was an exciting time for colour photography post 1945. 35mm colour slides were becoming common and more importantly, being accepted by professionals in the publishing industry. In the USA, Kodachrome was the most prominent slide film while in … Continue reading

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a colourful book

Toronto. It was the 1970s and photography was growing in popularity with magazines, books, chemicals, printing paper, retailers, camera collecting societies, galleries, and studios popping up everywhere. In March of 1972, I stopped by the local Classics bookshop in Montreal … Continue reading

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Ektachrome Redux

Toronto. John Linsky sent me an email the other day announcing the rebirth of Ektachrome by Kodak. I replied in part, that Ektachrome is based on Agfa’s processes. Much larger colour-coupler molecules are used so they don’t drift from layer to … Continue reading

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pushing colour prints postwar …

Toronto. 3 years after the war was over (and then some) the average person preferred black & white prints over colour because of two things: cost and resolution. To promote colour, Kodak embarked on a strong advertising campaign. The company … Continue reading

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Ansco color ad 1947

Toronto. George Dunbar sent me this November 10th, 1947 LIFE magazine ad on Ansco Color. In the late 1950s I chose Ansco (called Anscochrome by then) transparencies for the colour photographs I would take while on assignment in Labrador since … Continue reading

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a 35mm Graflex camera – Graphic 35

Toronto. In 1955 Graflex entered the 35mm market with their own brand calling the camera a Graphic 35. This was a few years after the first foray into 35mm film territory when Graflex bought out the Ciro camera company. The … Continue reading

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Peter Turner 1934 – 2017

Toronto. My thanks to George Dunbar who emailed the sad news that Pete Turner died recently. His passing was noted with this insightful article in the New York Times. A New Yorker, Mr Turner was famous for his saturated colour … Continue reading

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Early Colour Books for 35mm cameras

Toronto. We treat black and white images as niche photos today. Modern day digital cameras take beautiful full colour photos out of the box. The photographer needs to know little about colour, his (or her) camera, or the subject to … Continue reading

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