Early Antigonish Camera – Zeiss Jena – at the Antigonish Heritage Museum

An article in the Casket from June, 1984 caught my attention.  It was an announcement that this month’s program will be given by widely known and recognized local photographer Robert Gourley. His theme will be “Beginning of Photography in Antigonish.”  And this tidbit: “He has in his possession the first camera in Antigonish and also […]

Ryerson Image Centre: War Photographs IN PRINT, 1854-2008

DISPATCH: WAR PHOTOGRAPHS IN PRINT, 1854 – 2008  This exhibit runs at Ryerson Image Centre from September 17 – December 7, 2014. http://www.ryerson.ca/ric/exhibitions/Dispatch.html DISPATCH: War Photographs in Print, 1854–2008 examines the production of war photographs, the role of photojournalists, and their collaboration with picture editors in the press. From Roger Fenton’s collodion plate photographs taken during […]

Positive Aging

These photo portraits are said to represent the impact of aging and this feels like a negative — and a loss.   A narrow vision of beauty.   To me, the mature portraits could also represent other impacts — maybe wisdom, acceptance, clarity. resilience.  Other?  Makes me wonder if the older person knew that the […]

Lakevale Resident Patrick Delaney, 1880s tintype restored by Bob Gourley

This photo is in the collection of the Antigonish Heritage Museum and in the graphic documents of the Archives of Nova Scotia, which describes it this way. ACCESSION NUMBER: 2008.001.001 CATEGORY: GRAPHIC DOCUMENTS DATE: 1880 – 1890 MATERIALS: PAPER MEASUREMENTS: 24 CM; 19 CM COLLECTOR: ACQUISITIONS COMMITTEE NARRATIVE: Portrait of Patrick Delaney, a native of Pictou County […]

Robert Frank’s mid 1950s B/W Photos exhibited in Anna Leonowens Art Gallery Sept. 5 – 12

http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/1234142-exhibit-of-celebrated-photographer-robert-frank-pops-up-in-halifax Robert Frank’s photos will appear as newsprint copies at the Anna Leonowens Art Gallery for just one week, beginning today, and will then be destroyed.   This is the landmark concept that caught my eye: “Robert Frank was the first artist to insist that photographs alone tell a story, though he did relent and […]

Albert Einstein: Musician and Physicist

https://www.facebook.com/AlbertEinstein/photos/a.10151310323214843.492808.12534674842/10152473807869843/?type=1&theater   “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music… I get most joy in life out of my violin.” -Albert Einstein, 1929   All the b/w photos of Einstein on this […]

Imagine Hong Kong 1950s

Have a look at Chinese street photographer Han Fo’s b/w photos of Hong Kong in the 1950s.    Imagine Hong Kong!!!!  Look for some of the same conditions for community health in this bustling urban metropolis as in Imagine Antigonish, a bustling rural town and county:  Social Support Networks; Early Childhood Education & Play; Intergenerational […]

Newly Found Photos from National Geographic

http://hyperallergic.com/142446/unearthed-photographs-from-national-geographics-over-a-century-of-discovery/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Unearthed+Photographs+from+National+Geographics+Archive&utm_content=Unearthed+Photographs+from+National+Geographics+Archive+CID_755a790b36514f1824b4527d92325f93&utm_source=HyperallergicNewsletter&utm_term=Unearthed%20Photographs%20from%20National%20Geographics%20Archive   Unearthing heritage photos seems to be in the Zeitgeist.  And Alexander Graham Bell and his wife Mabel in Nova Scotia, probably Baddeck  (??), is the lead photo in this story of the photography archive from National Geographic.   And is Graham Bell carrying a camera?   A picture of loving relationship, which is […]

Main Street, Highland Games 1940

Main Street, Highland Games, 1940. Photographer: Ronnie Jaques.  Courtesy of  Library and Archives of Canada Stephen and Lloyd Jewkes and the 5 cent to $1 Store have been among AHA!’s strongest supporters of Imagine Antigonish.  They have underwritten the costs of scanning and printing hundreds of  heritage photos, in preparation for restoration.  And they have […]