From the monthly archives:

October 2009

A Year in the Life Project in Which Grant goes after some Editorial Work and Jaime Memorializes

October 30, 2009

Jaime Hogge: I’d like to say thanks again to everyone for all of their input on last week’s post. It was quite helpful for me to get so many different viewpoints in one place and hopefully it will help someone else trying to dream up a new site sometime. All is still quiet on the [...]

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Round Up

October 29, 2009

Some interesting things from the last couple of weeks: A disheartening (although a little overdramatic I think) article from the Globe last week about the aging Creative Class and the difficulty they are having staying employed. The same Internet revolution that’s shaking up the world of print has devastated other fields, too. One is commercial [...]

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Ask an Art Buyer: The Essence of Successful Commercial Photography

October 28, 2009

A friend of mine asked me to talk what makes a good commercial photographer to help with a proposal she’s working on. I broadened my approach to this question- what is the essence of successful commercial photography? How do we make work that has impact? This is what I came up with: Commercial Photography truly [...]

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Online Gallery Hosts Party?

October 26, 2009

I find it confusing when an online gallery sends a notice that they are having a launch party. Will there be real work on the walls or just a bunch of laptops? Only one way to find out, head over to The Department Gallery at 1389 Dundas Street West this Thursday between 7 and 10pm [...]

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The Lounge: Vivian Maier

October 25, 2009

By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the 40,000 negatives shot by unknown Chicago street photographer Vivian Maier which were bought at a contents-sale by photographer John Maloof. John is meticulously developing and scanning his way through the giant collection and posting daily selects on a blog he’s launched as a vehicle to share the [...]

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A Year in the Life Project: In Which Jaime does his own Coding and Grant asks some Tough Questions about Vancouver

October 22, 2009

Jaime Hogge: When you’re in school and they tell you that for every day shooting there are 10 days working your ass off doing other things to maintain/grow your business, listen to them. Outside of a few random snapshots, my camera has been safely tucked away most of the week as I’ve been going full [...]

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Local Photographer has Gear Pinched

October 22, 2009

Do you know this guy? If you do, can you please tell him to return the gear he stole from a local Toronto photography rental shop? This poser-hoser somehow claimed he was picking up equipment for Matt Barnes some other photographer from Westside. But he wasn’t, he was picking it up for himself. Seriously, if [...]

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Torontohenge: A Photography Contest

October 21, 2009

Turn’s out this weekend it’s Torontohenge, the date when the setting sun lines up with our east-west street grid. And, what fun, Walrus Magazine is sponsoring a contest to find the most beautiful photograph capturing this urban solstice. From their site: Since at least 2002, when astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson gave it a name, photographers [...]

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Ask an Art Buyer: Sneaky Clients

October 20, 2009

Wednesday is Ask an Art Buyer day. Send your questions to with the subject line Ask an Art Buyer. I’ll answer as many as I can every Wednesday. I recently received a request for help from a photographer I know and I thought it might be instructional to share our conversation with you for [...]

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The Lounge: Vicky Lam

October 19, 2009

Grant’s reference to Uppercase Magazine on Friday reminded me of the lovely little photographer who’s lovely little photograph graces the front cover of a recent issue (and who introduced me to the magazine in the first place): According to her website, Vicky Lam is: Bold, Graphic, Quirky. Petite in size but full of big ambition. [...]

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