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May 27, 2012 Photo Fair

Bennett and I will be at the Photographic Historical Society Photography Fair.  Our friend Peter Sinclair, a 3D photography enthusiast, is giving us a lift there which is a treat. The fair is low key with good deals. and a super  chance to talk photography, sell some things, buy some things and enjoy the day. Here is an example of a few fine pieces that we will bring. They’re photogravures from Camera Work by Frederick H Evans.

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See us at the Toronto Old Paper Show

Sunday, April 1, my son Bennett and I will be heading to the Old Paper Show at Artscape Wychwood Barns. We’re selling stunning Camera Works gravures. These photogravures were printed on tissue thin paper  with the fine tonal range of a fine print. So far, we have chosen some by Eduard Steichen  and Karl Struss, but we aren’t limiting ourselves to photography. There will be a selection of gravure prints of drawings by Abraham Walkowitz.

If you let us know what you want, we’ll see if we have it.

Click here for link to Old Paper Show info

My Wikipedia featured photo

Coming to Canada

My photo of counseling draft dodgers in 1967 was nominated as a featured photo on Wikipedia. “This is a featured picture, which means that members of the community have identified it as one of the best images on the English Wikipedia, adding significantly to its accompanying article.”

In August 1967, John Phillips and I arrived in Toronto and were counseled by Mark Satin of the Toronto Anti-Draft Program.

After months of applications and hearings, the Algona, Iowa draft board denied John’s application for Conscientious Objector status, which would have allowed him to serve the United States for two years of alternative service to the military. The Draft Board decided to  “make a man” out of John and send him to Vietnam.

During one of John’s visits with the draft board, I sat reading the Ladies Home Journal and learned of the Toronto Anti-Draft Program and the possibility of Canada. The choices at the time were war, jail, or Canada. Many of our friends chose jail. We chose Canada.

When John was given the notice of 30 days to report, we dropped out of the Quaker college that we were attending in New York and headed to Spadina Ave. in Toronto.

It was the best life-choice for me – moving to Toronto with John. I found a sense of neighborliness and community here that contradicts stereotypes of city life. Even after forty years of being here, I still adore Toronto.

Mark Satin (far left) John Phillips (far right)


Getting The Lead Out of South Riverdale

Here’s a news clip from 1987. At this point, it had been over 15-years of community struggle to “Get The Lead Out” of young children’s blood (caused by emissions from the Canada Metal Co., a lead smelter on Eastern Ave. in Toronto).  Drawing attention to the problem included dumping soil at the hazardous waste depot. The struggle became “Getting The Lead Out”  as each problem was successfully resolved. The community fought for on going blood testing, air monitoring, pollution control, removal of toxic soil, and reduction of toxic house dust.  The lead industry sued the media, (including the CBC and individual journalists), hospital and medical professionals and some community members. Still the community persisted.

Clean-up occurred on 1000  South Riverdale residential properties and three schools. The level of lead in children’s blood dropped. It was nearly another thirty years until the source of the problem moved. A few times after the clean-up, Canada Metal exceeded the acceptable air quality level. The lead industry contributed nothing towards the $11 million clean-up and continued to operate owing the city years of back taxes.

Today, a business related to the film industry owns the land and is a much welcomed neighbor.

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