Category Archives: history

quirks and quotes

Toronto.  The old bromide “a photo is worth a thousand words” was around when I was a kid. Petapixel built on this theme by offering an article “70 Inspirational Quotes for Photographers” by TAMMY LAMOUREUX back on  MAY 29, 2014. The … Continue reading

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Photographic Canadiana Supplement 2-4 (May 2021)

Toronto. This year, the PHSC sponsored a project by students in the Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management Program at Ryerson University. The project will mount an exhibition of images from the Sovfoto Archive at the MacLaren Art Centre at … Continue reading

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The Amateur Photographer et al

Toronto. Post WW2 we became very American-centric whereas we focused on Britain prewar and during the war years. Many of our books and nearly all magazines come from the States today and we seem to have forgotten the wealth of … Continue reading

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not with a bang, but a whimper

Toronto. Talk about bad timing laced with bad decisions! Zeiss introduced the Contarex SLR just as Nippon Kogaku introduced it’s Nikon F. The Contarex was an engineer’s dream – a massive three pounds; over 1,000 parts per camera body; every … Continue reading

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yikes! that’s big

Toronto. Around year 2000, digital technology took off with sensors only a few mega pixels in size. Look what the whiz kids have done about two decades later! Modern day smart phones use a 12 mp sensor plus a computer … Continue reading

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light my fire

Toronto. Back to the very beginnings of photography, savvy studio artists used lighting to model their subjects, control contrast, and at just the right instant capture the fire or essence of each subject. Over the decades, books have proliferated with … Continue reading

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if not for you …

Toronto. … my lens would unscrew. Photographers know that the infinity focus setting sets the lens at its closest to the film/sensor plane. For close-ups, the lens is extended further from the film/sensor plane. Box cameras for film often had … Continue reading

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making it big, making it better – again

Toronto. Cartes des Visite or CDVs came along in the early 1850s with wet-plate technology and stayed popular for about 15 years. The actual photograph, on albumen paper, curled into a tight cylinder making a stiff backing necessary. Cards of … Continue reading

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a pretty little poser

Toronto. I bought this daguerreotype of a little girl around 1975 at one of our fairs from Bill Marshall of Deux Montagnes, Quebec. There was only a half case on it so the quarter plate image was priced under $10. … Continue reading

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Charlie Geschke dead at 81

Toronto. You may wonder who the heck this guy was and why his passing merits attention on a photographic history website. Almost everyone above ground and many underground have used his products over the years. Monday, April 19, 2021, I … Continue reading

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