Tag Archives: portrait

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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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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thanks, Helen

Toronto. The CDV is roughly a large size business card with a photo mounted on thick card stock. Studios produced them in the 1850s/1860s by the dozens. People sent them to friend and relatives but few identified the person and … Continue reading

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Canadian, eh?

Toronto. For the most part, Canada is a nation of immigrants. When I was a kid, we were part of the British commonwealth (to the dismay of Quebecers).* Many of us could trace our roots back to the UK or … Continue reading

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one man’s trash …

Toronto. … is another’s treasure, or so they say. On June the 7th, 2021, Stu Mills of CBC News posted the article, “All makes and models: Auto scrapyard a mecca for photographers“. This article  and photos show how innovative photographers … 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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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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you know the end is near when …

Toronto. All good things must come to an end as they say. And that is the case for the compact digital camera industry. I have been saying as much for a while now. The WCPHA said the same way back … Continue reading

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hey! Big Shot!

Toronto. The term  “Big Shot” meant someone of importance in business or politics. However, when I was young we used it as a derogatory term for someone who was puffed up by his self perceived importance. In this April 30, … Continue reading

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FIPP 2010-2019

Toronto. Sad news from Freemantle, Australia last week. The Freemantle International Portrait Prize (FIPP) has been discontinued. The originators wrote, “All good things must come to an end. The FIPP Committee recently decided that FIPP 2019 would be our last; … Continue reading

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