Tiffen wins Oscar award



It’s Oscar time for the Tiffen Company.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized Steven Tiffen, Jeff Cohen and Michael Fecik for their efforts in developing dye-based filters that reduce infrared contamination when neutral density filters are used with digital cameras.

The Academy says Tiffen “identified the problem and rapidly engineered a series of absorptive filters that ameliorated infrared artifacts with lenses of all focal lengths,” and bestowed the Scientific and Technical Academy Award of Commendation. “These widely adopted filters allow cinematographers to work as they have done with film-based technology,” the Academy adds.

“We stand committed to continuing to support this industry that we love,” Steve Tiffen said, “and we find it so wonderfully pleasing that in this world of digital technology, Tiffen optical filters are recognized as a staple for professional imagemakers across the globe.”

There’s more information here.

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In Memoriam: Tim Jones

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tim jonesSad news has been confirmed: photographer and retailer Tim Jones died Monday while pursuing his passion of aerial photography.

Covering the Sydney-to-Hobart Yacht Race, Jones was shooting from a Cessna 172 plane that crashed into Storm Bay, Hobart, in Tasmania. The 61-year-old photographer was the sole passenger of pilot Sam Langford, 29. No trace has been found of the two men, reports today indicate. An oil slick has been found in the area, and debris from the plane has been picked up. There was no distress call from the plane before it crashed. “It was flying at around mast level and plunged nose-first into the water,” one witness reportedly said.

Jones was “one of Australia’s most-respected yacht photographers,” according to the Mercury.au news report. “He was a well-known figure in Tasmanian photography circles as owner-operator of Perfect Prints Hobart for 32 years.”

Colleague Wolfgang Glowacki says Jones was “a fantastic guy — very, very friendly, a good business partner, and very well known in the Hobart photography industry.” Photographer John Swainston knew Jones for 25 years and says “He was generous to a T, thoughtful. He was just a thoroughly good bloke. He had become very adept as an aerial photographer.”

Jones was the father of two sons and a daughter.
Our thoughts also go out to the family of pilot Sam Langford.

In Memoriam: Jack C. Easton

Jack C. Easton passed away December 26, with his family by his side.

Easton, 66, worked in sales at Mackay Mitchell Envelope Company, where he “was often heard saying that if you do what you love, you never have to work a day in your life,” the Finger Lake Times reports. “Jack had a zest for life, loved making people laugh, and could be frequently heard telling off-beat jokes to anyone that would listen (including all of the nurses and techs at Strong Memorial Hospital- have you heard the one about the thermometer?)” the local newspaper says.

The complete memorial is here.

In memoriam: Jim Lord

Jim Lord
Jim Lord

Jim Lord

Jim Lord, proprietor of Lords Photodigital in Brighouse, U.K., died  after a short illness on October 7, 2014, at the age of 68.

He was a well-known and respected figure in the photo trade, having run Lords Photodigital (formerly Lords Photography) in Brighouse since 1979.

Lords Photography was founded in Cleckheaton in 1966 by Jim’s father Bil, a photographer. Soon Jim left his job at Simmon’s Cameras in Bradord and went to work with his father in the shop. His forte was running the business, serving customers and keeping the books whilst Bill took the photographs and worked in the darkroom. In 1974 his brother Steven joined the business.

As the business flourished further shops were opened, first in Heckmondwike and then in 1979 in Brighouse, taking over Bentley’s Camera Centre.

In the 1980s, Jim was one of the first members of PMA in the UK.

Jim was always an active member of Kodak Express, which he joined over 20 years ago. He embraced the change from film to digital photography and, once again, was one of the first shops in the country to install a Kodak Apex minilab and kiosks. These have been regularly upgraded and he was very proud to recently install the latest wide screen kiosks and promote printing from mobile phones via the Kodak Moments app.

When not at work, Jim was usually to be found photographing modern railway trains, capturing images of every livery variation in the country. At home he loved to listen to music, mostly classical but he had an eclectic ear for all genres. He also enjoyed films and TV.

However, he was most proud of Lords Photodigtal, the business he built up along with his brother Steven, who is currently UK chairman of PMA. Steven will continue to run the company.

He will be sadly missed by his family, friends, work colleagues and his many loyal customers.

In memoriam: Charlie Abel


CHARLIE ABELChas Abel Photo Service president Charles (Charlie) Abel passed away last month. Toronto’s Star newspaper reports the store’s “Photo Finish” sign “was a landmark for countless drivers on the Gardiner Expressway for decades.”

His grandson writes at the Toronto Sun that “If you lived in Canada, especially Toronto, since 1906 and held a four-by-six photograph in your hands, my family has touched your life. And Grandpa Charlie, who died at the age of 88 on Nov. 24, was a big reason for that.”

Abel was a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and was known for loving fishing, boating, big band jazz, and “the singing of Frank Sinatra,” the Star adds.


In memoriam: Chuck Lynch

Chuck Lynch
Chuck Lynch

Chuck Lynch

Charles Edwin (“Chuck”) Lynch Jr., age 64, died unexpectedly from a heart condition on Oct. 10, 2014 while visiting family in Georgia. Chuck was born on March 30, 1950, in Richmond, Va., and grew up in Camden, South Carolina. Following graduation from Camden High School, he attended Georgia Tech University, where his love of photography and technology began.

He began his long career in the photography industry in 1981 at Meisel Professional Lab in Atlanta, and continued with the Hamlin Photo Co., also in Atlanta. In 1989, he and his young family moved to Minneapolis for his work with Lucht Engineering, and five years later they moved to North Carolina for Chuck’s employment with Church Impressions. In 2002, he joined Inter-State Studio in Sedalia, Mo., where he worked until his death.

Chuck is survived by the love of his life, Karen Bradford Lynch; son, Charles Edwin Lynch, III; daughter, Jennifer Jane Lynch; step-daughter, Valerie Lynn Roper; and sister, Jane Lynch Coghill..

To honor Chuck and celebrate his life, family and friends will gather at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. A reception will immediately follow at Inter-State Studio. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association or the Sedalia Lions Club in care of McLaughlin Funeral Chapel


PMA friends pause for a picture at photokina

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I just came across this shot of some very familiar faces, and I thought I’d share it with you. This was taken a few days ago at the AAA Imaging booth at photokina. Pictured left to right are Mike Wodushek, Neil Cohen, John Segall, Chris Noterman and Bob Noterman.

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Texas court strikes down ‘improper photography’ statute



Yes, a kind of picture-taking was against the law in Texas…
“Improper photography” had been defined as arousing photography taken without consent. Yes, it was perhaps primarily first meant to simply stop peeping toms and such scofflaws. But vague wording meant enforcement could have overreached, and it could have been a dangerous precedent. Thankfully it’s been struck down.

Part of the Court’s reasoning:
“A statute is likely to be found overbroad if the criminal prohibition it creates is of “alarming breadth.” Such is the case with the current statute, the breadth of which has been accurately characterized as “breathtaking.” The statutory provision at issue is extremely broad, applying to any non-consensual photograph, occurring anywhere, as long as the actor has an intent to arouse or gratify sexual desire. This statute could easily be applied to an entertainment reporter who takes a photograph of an attractive celebrity on a public street. But the statute operates unconstitutionally even if applied to someone who takes purely public photographs of another for personal reasons with the requisite intent.”

The full story is here — written by the law professor who co-wrote the legal brief in the court case.

In memoriam: Bob Graham

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Bob Graham

Bob Graham

Robert (Bob) Graham, died on September 8 after a brief illness. He was a founder of BGM Imaging (BG&M Colour Laboratories Ltd.) in 1958 with partners Raymond Borowsky, Floyd McRae and later, Ilgvars Broks. Together they introduced color photographic printing and continued to deliver innovations over the decades that garnered BGM an enviable reputation across North America.

Robert was a devoted family man, who thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, especially at the cottage, which became a weekend retreat for the whole family. He was husband for 57 years to his high school sweetheart, Margaret; father of Don (Kathy), Garry (Rose), Nancy (Dean) and Jackie (Ken). He is also survived by grandchildren Robert, David, Graham, Tyler, Laurissa, Hannah, and Nathaniel.

A memorial service will take place at the Highland Funeral Home in Markham, Ontario, on Sept. 13, at 1:30pm. In memory of Robert, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Markham Stouffville Hospital, or the charity of your choice.

Canon’s Kwanon is 80



It’s been 80 years since Canon debuted its first camera, the Kwanon. (And to think it doesn’t look a day over 79!)

The Kwanon was the first 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera in Japan, Canon says, and was “the culmination of the dreams of engineers who wanted to catch up with Europe, the leading presence in the camera industry at the time.” It was named after the Buddhist goddess of mercy.

Two years later, Canon launched its Hansa commercial 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera. It wasn’t until 1959 that Canon introduced its first single-lens reflex camera.