Tag Archives: London

when I grow too old to dream …

Toronto. … I’ll have you to remember. Or so the song says. To try for memory beyond a generation or two, people relied on a photograph – then and now! George, like anyone with a curiosity – and access to … Continue reading

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photographs at a museum

Toronto. The Victoria and Albert Museum in the UK has a long and storied history.  The V&A has collected photographs for many decades (since 1852!). The image at left is a photograph of the notorious Christine Keeler taken in 1963 by … Continue reading

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a kokopelli camera

Toronto. Before science burst the bubble, many gullible souls believed in ghosts, seances, and fairies This past summer, I did the above post linked to ‘fairies’ covering the infamous ‘Cottingley Fairies’ saga. Many well educated folk like Dr Arthur Conan Doyle, … Continue reading

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dancing on the head of a pin

Toronto. For centuries, the expression “number of angels that can dance on the head of a pin” has been around. Originally religious (as you can likely tell), it shifted to ordinary usage and meant arguing absurdities while real issues went … Continue reading

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at yer Beck and call …

Toronto. You may have come across a British camera called a Cornex or one by Houghton’s called a British Ensign. Both camera lines were made by a microscope manufacturer on Cornhill Street in London, England. It was not uncommon for … Continue reading

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rapid rectilinear lens redux

Toronto. Turns out the choice of glass plus the lens design makes a rapid rectilinear! Both the two wide angles lenses mentioned the other day predate the release of the Rapid Rectilinear (or Aplanat in Germany). R & J Beck … Continue reading

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FSA outtakes in London England exhibition

  Toronto. We all (well, most of us older folk) remember the fabulous photos commissioned by the Farm Service Agency, now part of the US Department of Agriculture. The iconic shots recorded the impact of the 1930s depression on American farmers. … Continue reading

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David Granick’s lost London on Kodachrome

Toronto. Thanks to ex-pat and past PHSC president Mo Patz now in BC for the link to recently discovered London East End photographs on Kodachrome taken by the late photographer David Granick. Mo’s link to BBC news is just one … Continue reading

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Architecture in Photography Exhibitions 1858 – 1861 – review

Toronto. We were graced with two excellent speakers in October, 2017. Natalie Banaszak was our Ryerson University thesis winner in 2016. In this presentation, she reviewed the highlights of her thesis and augmented a few items recently reproduced in our Photographic Canadiana. … Continue reading

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Fading slowly in the Fading Light

Toronto. Those of us who feel sympathetic towards  the history of people – and places – lament the transformation of an old city into a modern metropolis. In the summer of 1980, I worked at Bloor and Yonge making it a … Continue reading

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