Tag Archives: 1930s

a photo’s back pages

Toronto. In the dirty thirties, the FSA in the States was busy recording the impact of the severe dry spell and depression on farmers. Dorthea Lange was one of their photographers. She captured this iconic image of a migrant mother … Continue reading

Posted in history | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on a photo’s back pages

watcha doin’ Sport?

Toronto. Growing up, camera innovation seemed to be mostly German with a dash of other European and American tossed in. But Russian? Really? According to this article from BBC’s Future site, dated 18th May 2016, by Stephen Dowling, “How this odd-looking … Continue reading

Posted in camera | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on watcha doin’ Sport?

when is a camera not a camera?

Toronto. When it’s a Komic Kamera – a toy handheld  2D viewer for film strips! The size of this viewer suggests 35mm strips. I saw a couple of sites on Google that suggested the little toy was made by different … Continue reading

Posted in camera | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on when is a camera not a camera?

Karl goes digital

Toronto. Mankind has always been fascinated with transportation: horses, trains, bicycles, cars, ships, aircraft, etc. As a kid I always thought Henry Ford invented the automobile. Not so! Ford adapted the assembly line to automobile manufacture and dropped the cost … Continue reading

Posted in history | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Karl goes digital

photographs indoors

Toronto. Can you imagine a media so insensitive and cameras so slow that a special technique was needed to show amateurs how they could take photos indoors at night. And worse, the resulting negatives and prints were black and white … Continue reading

Posted in history | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on photographs indoors

of cameras and kings

Toronto. Over a century ago, in 1872, “Lewis Carroll” (an amateur photographer, too)  wrote a poem called The Walrus and The Carpenter which includes these lines: “The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes–and … Continue reading

Posted in people | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on of cameras and kings