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the value of photography to history

Toronto. As we sit back in our easy chair and view a colour video clip of a catastrophe (from nature, man,  or war) on the other side of the globe, we seldom think about the impact photography has had on … Continue reading

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genealogy and photography

Toronto. Have you ever wondered about your ancestors? The American company  Ancestry (with the Canadian link shown here), does a wonderful job of indexing an astonishing number of genealogical databases. Before Ancestry, one had to visit city directories, or government … Continue reading

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easel come, easel go

Toronto. When film photography was a popular hobby last century, amateurs used a darkroom and enlarger to crop and adjust the final print size. To focus the enlarger, and hold the photographic paper flat, the photographer would often use an … Continue reading

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Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!

Toronto. The history of all countries owes much to the publication in January, 1839 of the two primary photographic processes that produced ‘permanent’ positives. Three years later in 1842, Browning’s poem used here was first published. Prior to 1839, drawings … Continue reading

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when it all began

Toronto. Collectors and photo enthusiasts seldom remember Robert Hunt, an enthusiastic amateur photographer. Other prominent folk at the beginning of photography like Daguerre, Talbot, and Herschel are all well known for various reasons. Daguerre of course for his pre-eminent Daguerreotype … Continue reading

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Kalart saves the day

Toronto. When I was a kid, I saw small ads in the American photography magazines of the day for a Kalart rangefinder to bolt on to a press camera. The strange name caught my eye. This particular ad is for … Continue reading

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a marr connection

Toronto. Journal editor Bob Lansdale sent me an email he recently received from Buffalo announcing a new 110 page photographic history monograph  written by Ron Polito covering another Boston Photographic Studio (other than Southworth & Hawes). Rob McElroy of Buffalo, … Continue reading

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Aldo Egidio Lista 1930-2021

Toronto. Our president and my good friend, Lewko (Clint) Hryhorijiw, called me yesterday (the 20th) to say Aldo had died on April 15th.  Clint worked at one time years ago for Aldo at the New Paramount studio as a wedding … Continue reading

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Mark Twain on Photography

Toronto. Mark Twain is a pseudonym used by American Sam Clemens in writing his books. As Mark Twain, he wrote Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, books commonly read last century by children everywhere including me. The stories were also turned … Continue reading

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computational photography

Toronto. Photography is a continuously evolving technology. Have you ever wondered how those smartphones could even begin to compete with digital cameras? These tiny marvels are a computer in your pocket just bursting with apps and technology. A phone and … Continue reading

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