The Very Best of Johnny Martyr

Okay, I fully admit to being in a blogging lull right now.  And what do people do when they’re in a lull, they release their greatest hits! Below are my blogs from each year for the past five years which had the highest number of views.  It’s funny how sometimes the the topics/photos/articles that I […]

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Photo Booths: Behind the Curtain

The first fully automated, coin-op photo booth appeared in New York City in 1925, predating Polaroid’s first instant film products by more than 2 decades, and paving the way for personal, photographer-free, economic portrait creation. This first photo booth was so popular that within only 6 months over two hundred and eighty thousand people had […]

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Ceci n’est pas une Polaroid.

This is not a Polaroid. In art school, we were taught about the important distinction between words, images and objects by Magritte’s Treachery of Images. Just as photojournalists commit themselves to accurate depictions of events, in discussing photography, accurate vocabulary is also critical.  Just as edited images can convey falsehoods, incorrect and inaccurate words can […]

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MiNT Instantflex TL70

  I have to begin with a confession; I have never been much of a TLR guy.  I bought a Yashica 12 TLR while I was still in college and only had half a dozen cameras to my name.  I enjoy the camera well enough but the reverse viewing nature of a twin lens just […]

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My Favourite Photos of Tricia

Tricia is one my wife Stephanie’s best friends and today is her birthday. Tricia was one of the first people to whom Stephanie introduced me when we first started dating.  And Tricia is one of the people who’s been most consistently THERE in Stephanie’s and my life to see us through our various stages, always […]

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