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Bill’s World

Toronto. In 1995, McClelland & Stewart, Inc (then a famous Canadian Publishing House) published a Canadian edition of “The World of William Notman” written by Hall, Dodds and Triggs. The lavish book had a history of the Notman Studios and a … Continue reading

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swingin’ at the seance

Toronto. Did you ever notice that the earliest daguerreotypes where a bit odd? Street scenes showed vehicles or people as ghostly apparitions at best. And people shots were mostly very, very stiff, formal studio portraits. Scenes in motion or at … Continue reading

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… and how do you like your steak?

Toronto. Medium? Well, for the Hasselblad it is a 150mm lens that is a medium. Medium telephoto that is. Great for portraits on a Hasselblad, that is. Like a 90mm Elmar on a Leica. At an auction a while back … Continue reading

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all that glitters…

Toronto. At the December meeting, Clint showed a second image after the Keystone Eye Comfort series. This image is an Ambrotype (c1850 – 60s) of a soldier. The image is hand coloured with tiny gilt trim on the buttons. A member … Continue reading

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those wonderful old Graflex cameras of yesteryear

Toronto. what a great year! 1922. And Folmer and Schwing, a Kodak division at the time, advertised in Vanity Fair with this attractive portrait of a little girl. Charming portrait. Charming camera. The Folmer & Schwing company had a complicated … Continue reading

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Toronto’s Vintage Show March 2 & 3 2019

Toronto. The Toronto Vintage Show is held in the Enercare Centre building at the CNE grounds the 2nd and 3rd of March. While the offerings are quite eclectic vintage items, you may find an old book, a magazine, a camera … Continue reading

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Al Gilbert 96

Toronto. My thanks to editor Bob Lansdale for his efforts to track down details of the late Al Gilbert. Al died early this year at the age of 96. Canada’s leading portrait photographer, his studio is in Toronto. Bob Lansdale … Continue reading

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it’s in the bag …

Toronto. Goldie sent along this spoof of a famous portrait by Ottawa’s Karsh. The subject of the Karsh portrait was none other than that second world war statesman, Sir Winston Churchill! American Photographer Magazine for April, 1984 carried this spoof … Continue reading

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something’s wrong with this picture

Toronto. In 1992, the late Glenn Frey, released the album Strange Weather. Included was the song Love in the 21st Century which includes the above line. Frey was the front man and writer for the dysfunctional rock band the Eagles. When … Continue reading

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The photograph that changed modern portraiture

Toronto. Philippe Halsman and Salvador Dali were friends. One was a famous portrait photographer; the other a modern artist famous for his many weird and surreal paintings. In fact as a youth I bought a book on Dali and his … Continue reading

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