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a shot in the dark

Toronto. In Chicago of 1949, execution of notorious, James ‘Mad-Dog’ Morelli, made newspaper head lines because contrary to American law, the man’s execution was captured on film. This was about two decades after a similar incident in New York State’s … Continue reading

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Japan c1908 in photos

Toronto. Our President, Lewko Hryhorijiw, sent me this link from Helen Teager. The photographs are a selection of the work by the German-American photographer, Arnold Genthe, held in the Library of Congress. The photos were taken when Genthe spent a … Continue reading

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dear old golden rule days

Toronto. As photography expanded, an increasing number of photographers specialized in various areas. Some went into school photography with group shots of the pupils and staff sometimes complemented with individual student portraits. Occasionally a panorama view took the entire student … Continue reading

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for the record

Toronto. In the beginning, photography recorded mostly portraits and landscapes. Workplace and workers came along later – perhaps the best known are the dead combatants in the American civil war photos taken by Matthew Brady. Newspapers and books benefitted from … Continue reading

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breaking the frame

Toronto. All you image collectors in the GTA, the ROM is opening a new exhibition of photographs starting this Saturday (August 14, 2021) and running to next January 16, 2022. The exhibition covers the beginnings of our art (c1839) to … Continue reading

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photography as a record keeper

Toronto. In 1869/70, the Brooklyn Bridge construction began and was dutifully recorded by photography. In 1933, construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began as was recored by Peter Stackpole using a Leica camera. In between these two events, Arthur  Goss … Continue reading

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a nasty piece of work

Toronto. Seventy six years ago on August 9th, 1945 the Japanese city of Nagasaki woke to a terrible calamity. Around 11:00am, the second Atomic Bomb called “Fat Man” was dropped by the US Airforce, levelling a wide area of the … Continue reading

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making memories

Toronto. The lowly family snapshot is often looked upon as a bit of kirsch by professionals but it serves to illustrate family history. The one used here was taken about 80 years ago when the youngest person shown was just … Continue reading

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monochrome memories

Toronto. Snapshots are a visual family history. Without them we have no way to tell how our ancestors looked, worked, partied, vacationed, lived, etc. Or what pets and possessions were special to them. The late Brian Coe knew this when … Continue reading

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a photograph to remember

Toronto. The other night, my wife and I were watching an old 1933 movie featuring James Cagney called, “Picture Snatcher“. The flick was about a NYC hoodlum who wanted to go straight by being a reporter. He was hired by … Continue reading

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