Emphasis in portrait photography

Over the past few weeks I have been reading “The Art Spirit”, a 1923 book [1] by American painter and teacher Robert Henri. Henri’s volume was recommended by Lenswork magazine editor Brooks Jensen in one of his podcasts about two months ago. Henri was a painter, and the book is, unsurprisingly, largely about painting. Yet […]

Ansel Adams exhibition at McMichael Gallery

The McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg, ON, just north of Toronto, home of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, is offering an exhibition of photographs by legendary photographer Ansel Adams and acclaimed Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky from June 29 to September 29, 2013. In a career that spanned more than five decades Ansel Adams became one of […]

Always remembered

This is one of my favourite photographs of my Dad (right), shown here posing with his older brother Les (left) in April 1945. My Dad was away on a short leave from his unit, the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, who at that time were in eastern Holland near Apeldoorn. My Dad had not seen […]

Commonwealth War Cemetery, Yokohama

Few Canadians realize that Canada played a role, albeit a small one, in the Pacific theatre during the Second World War. In the summer of 1941, Britain asked Canada to provide reinforcements for the garrison at Hong Kong (until 1997 a British colony) and, in addition to a small complement of service troops, Ottawa sent […]

Finally, a black-and-white digital camera

Yesterday the British Journal of Photography reported that Leica has announced a new rangefinder camera, the Leica “M” Monochrom, that includes an 18 MP, full-frame CCD sensor stripped of its conventional Bayer Pattern filter. As the camera does not “see” colours, says Leica, “every pixel records true luminance values to deliver ‘true’ black-and-white images that […]