Links about the history of colour photography

George Eastman House’s photostream on Flickr. Excellent historic images.

Short video about the Autochrome process, from The ImageWorks in Rochester, NY.

Concise History of Color Photography with excellent images and text.

The George Eastman House: Notes on Photographs: An international forum for gathering information that enhances the communal understanding of the photographic print.

A short video about the history of color photography from the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC)

History and manufacture of Lantern Slides.

The scandal and possible truth surrounding Levi Hill who claimed to have invented color photography.

A list of links about the origins of the digital camera, as well as other connections between photography and technology.


Short film, creative interpretation of cymk in everyday printing (cereal boxes, etc)

Fantastic resource via Stanford University

Video about Edwin Land (the inventor of Polaroid) and his two color process.

An article describing the relationship between Edwin Land’s experiments and James Clark Maxwell’s discoveries.

Dr. George Stratton

Dr. George Stratton’s original article,

Summary and explanation of Stratton’s work, courtesy of the staff of San Francisco’s Museum of Science, Art, and Human Perception.

Newer article, based on Stratton’s research.

Great WIRED article about neuroplasticity, vision, and perception.

Video showing inverted vision experiments: Living in a Reversed World.

The illusion of colour constancy | Color Subjectivity | Living in the past

Is your red my red? No. It isn’t.

The neurological lag between seeing light and understanding/processing light.

Final critique • Another (!) photography contest

Just a reminder: our critique is Thursday, December 6 at 6pm. Please have your images installed by 6pm. As stated on the final project sheet, you must bring:
• Digital contact sheets of your final project
• Printed artist statement
• Low-res (96ppi) versions of your final images

Put the contact sheets and low-resolution versions of your final images can on a USB stick. I will return the USBs on Friday, December 7. They will be in a box or envelope outside my door.

Our final critique is a potluck (yea!)–so please use the comments of this post to tell the class what you’re bringing.

ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPHY CONTESTI hope that many of you entered the Nikon/Photographer’s Forum image contest (I posted this on the blog). If you didn’t, here is your chance to enter another contest.

Enter! Enter! Enter!

Dear Photo Life community,

We would like to inform you that we have extended this year’s deadline for our annual photo contest, The World We Live In, to December 7, 2012. New entries may still be submitted, and those who have already registered may continue to modify their entries through December 7. If you have any questions about the contest, please don’t hesitate to contact us at or 1-800-905-7468.

Photographers may enter in either the Pro or Amateur category and submit images under three themes: Humanity, Environment and Interconnections. More than $40 000 will be distributed in fabulous prizes, and a portfolio of winning images will be published in the April/May issues of Photo Life and Photo Solution magazines.

Whether you’re pro or amateur, The World We Live In is a fantastic opportunity to challenge your creativity, hone your skills and share your vision of the world around you. Photos of a young child playing with the neighbour’s dog, birds flying low over the lake at dawn, the impressive architecture of the CN Tower, a stranger strolling down the street, a flower, an insect, a table set for dinner… Look around at any moment, and you’ll see that photographic possibilities are everywhere.

Participants are invited to submit their images through a simple online interface. To submit 10 images, participation fees are $10 (Amateur) or $15 (Pro). Subscribers benefit from a reduced fee of $7 (Amateur) or $10 (Pro). These fees are used to pay for the shipping and administrative costs of the contest. For complete details and to enter the contest, please visit

About Photo Life and Photo Solution Magazines
Established in 1976, Photo Life and Photo Solution magazines are Canada’s leading sources for photography. Including technical knowledge and tips, industry news and events, international travel photography and documentaries as well as innovative approaches, techniques, and secrets of the trade, Photo Life and Photo Solution are published six times each year with distribution to subscribers, newsstands, and participating photo retailers.

GIFs and drones

Two interesting photo-related links.

An interview from Q, with the curator of MOVING the STILL, a GIF festival, premiering at Art Miami next weekend.

Allanah, next year you must submit! Do it!


A photo-based project called, Dronestagram, which posts images of drone strikes to Instagram. More information about the artist and his project. The artist was also interviewed on Wednesday night’s Q. (link to podcast)

Contest | Publishing opportunity


Studies by Undergraduate Researchers at Guelph (SURG) is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed undergraduate journal on campus, published twice yearly. You can see us here: We are seeking photo submissions to serve as artwork for our front cover. The winner, selected from all entries submitted, will have their photo featured on the front cover of SURG, as well as receive a $10 Hospitality Services gift card. We are selecting TWO winners – one for our Fall 2012 edition (to be published December 2012), and one for our Winter 2013 edition (to be published April 2013).

Contest rules:

1. One submission per student please! Pick the image you like best.

2. Please email your photo to (or contact us if you have any questions). If the attachment for a high quality photo is too big, feel free to reduce image size. If you are selected as a winner, we will contact you and you can submit a higher resolution photo to us via USB.

3. We aren’t looking for a specific theme, so be creative! However, we would prefer a COLOUR photo, and unfortunately, no people can be featured (due to privacy protection laws for online publications).

4. Images are due to by December 12th at 11:59 pm. These entries will be considered for both the Fall 2012 and the Winter 2013 contests, and TWO winners will be selected (one for each of the two issues).

Good luck to everyone!

Hey, good lookin’

Yes. I really did just say that. I know. Let the cheese flow.

Oh, that was gross.


Anyhow–remember this photo? It was from the first day of class—sorry Jennifer! sorry Alex! we need to Photoshop you into this image.

At this point in the semester when everyone is turning into a stress-fueled basket-case, I think it’s important to remember how much you’ve already accomplished.

Look at the photo and think about these things:
1. When this image was made, you didn’t know jack about colour photography but now, a mere twelve weeks later you are all creating colour photographs. Some of you are making compelling traditional photographs while others are pushing the envelope of what a photograph can be.Wow. Education. It works.

2. You all entertained (and some of you really dug in and explored) the idea of “You don’t know what you don’t know.” Good for you.

3. You’re Assignment 3 projects were some of the most compelling, most creative projects I’ve had the pleasure of grading.

Okay. Now, get back to work.

A few reminders:

1. Course evaluations are open. Please evaluate our course.

2. A former student of mine started a great website where you can speak honestly about courses: WebRevisor. I’ve linked to the SART page. If you scroll down, you can find SART 4700. This is not affiliated with the university, but the student worked really hard, and is trying to introduce his site to universities across Canada. The more feedback he has, the better. Feel free to evaluate any courses that you’ve taken or are currently taking. These evaluations are not time sensitive, so you can complete them after the semester is finished and you’ve had some sleep.


PAID (yes PAID) internship available

The details.

Position Title: Event Photographer – Fresh Media & Guelph Night Life –

Thursday at Club Vinyl, Friday and Saturday at Loft Nightclub. Employed with Fresh Media at $40.00 per night.

-At least 100 pictures from 12:00am – 1:30am (must have own camera)
-Basic editing job on pictures (Crop and Colour adjustments)
-Would prefer pictures to be sent in by the following afternoon or as soon as possible after they are edited.

Contact: Dan Edelstien – 1 416 520 8653 /