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HALIFAX the CRADLE: Photography Introduced to British North America

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HALIFAX the CRADLE: Photography Introduced to British North America

Halifax can lay claim to being the cradle of photography in current day Canada.

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Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day

William Valentine and the first permanent photo studio in British North America William Valentine, the youngest son to parents Joseph and Ann Valentine, was born in 1798 and baptized on 8 April 1798 in St Nicholas’ Church, Whitehaven, England. He arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1818 with brushes and paint in hand to begin a career as an artist. William Valentine - self portrait His career struggled until the 1830’s, and by 1836 he was back in England to further develop his skills. Evidence shows he was quite familiar with the Royal Society and was known to have made...

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Closing the Circle

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Closing the Circle

Some wise soul once said something along the lines of satisfaction comes to those who wait. Regardless of such lore, this past Friday was a most satisfying and enjoyable culmination of more than five years in the making. Brutus, aka Century 7 studio camera, made his appearance at Dartmouth Heritage Museum in October 2016. Following some refurbishment, including new bellows, he stood as Lord of the Manor representing little more than a piece of furniture for a variety of reasons. Brutus needed a home so people could start making images with him.   Figure 1: October 2016 and Brutus is...

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Construction Grinds to Halt

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Construction Grinds to Halt

The Evergreen Program Support Building on hold pending CORONA-19,

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Debunking the Myth on Denatured Alcohol north of the 49th

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Emotions and opinion run the gamut when it comes to utilizing denatured alcohol within the collodion process. Some suggest it should be avoided at all cost while others report you can pour with confidence. Both opinions have merit. The first realization must be the understanding that the majority of collodion photographers today gain their information from social media channels originating in the United States of America. Therein lies the crux of the issue: what holds true in the good ole US of A may not be compatible with other countries, and most likely isn’t.  Most countries have liquor/spirits legislation that...

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