Tag Archives: wet-plate

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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nearly as scarce as hens’ teeth

Toronto. Have you ever seen an authentic wet-plate camera in fine condition? No? Brass lenses from the wet-plate period abound at fairs like ours, but few cameras exist and even fewer unrestored ones in top condition. And there is good … Continue reading

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PHSC News for March 2021 (Vol 20-09)

Toronto. At right top of page 1 in this issue is the FLIR Scout TK camera – digital technology with a twist! This tiny digital device records the thermal image of the viewed scene! As the third month of 2021 … Continue reading

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by the light of the silvery moon

Toronto. From the very beginning of photography, the moon and photography have worked closely together. John William Draper made his daguerreotype of the moon in 1840. It is the earliest existing photographic image of the moon. A cleaned up version … Continue reading

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stick a cabinet in your pocket

Toronto. With the advent of wet plate technology, the number of photographers increased once again. Albumen paper for positive prints became very popular in spite of the need to glue down the curl-prone medium to stiff cardboard. The so called … Continue reading

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re-creating the war that started Canada

Toronto. Canada was formed in 1867 in a well known conference held on spud island (PEI). The founding of the Dominion was Britain’s reaction to the US Civil War and its means to protect the British colonies in North America … Continue reading

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double feature – September 18, 2019 – 7:45pm

Toronto.  Our fall meeting program begins with this double feature: Ottawa photographer and author John McQuarrie on his favourite computer imaging tools for book publishing (he will have books here to sell). And Horst Herget on portraiture and wet-plate photography. … Continue reading

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Horst Herget – wet plate collodion photographer

Toronto. Horst will be speaking at our Toronto meeting this coming September. Meantime drop in and see his work at an exhibition May 14 – June 9. The  reception is May 15th. Details of the IN/CAMERA exibition are on this … Continue reading

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Toronto’s Vintage Show March 2 & 3 2019

Toronto. The Toronto Vintage Show is held in the Enercare Centre building at the CNE grounds the 2nd and 3rd of March. While the offerings are quite eclectic vintage items, you may find an old book, a magazine, a camera … Continue reading

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food for thought

Toronto. During the US civil war, Mathew Brady became famous for his battle field wet plate photography. The process demanded that the plate be sensitized, exposed and processed while still wet or its sensitivity would disappear like the morning mist … Continue reading

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