PHSNE Publications

PHSNE’s publications are an important membership benefit. Our member newsletter, snap shots,  is published 10 times a year. The New England Journal of Photographic History is our annual full-color magazine format publication. Its engaging, well-researched articles, along with beautifully-printed photographs and illustrations, cover a wide range of photographic subjects, from Watergate burglars to historic daguerreotypes, one-of-a-kind travel albums, camera inventors, local photographers, and much more. Additional copies of the PHSNE Journal can be ordered online from MagCloud.


May 2023 snap shots features: Bernie Zelitch “Discovers” Photographer Annie Powell. His presentation will be live on Sunday, May 7th, 7:30 PM via Zoom. Today, we know the photographer was Annie Powell (Born 1859, West Yorkshire, England; died 1952, in Lowell, MA), who came to Lowell and photographed pot holes, construction sites, portraits of mill workers, and children. Don’t miss this one—use the Sign Up label at the top of the page to receive PHSNE email notices and take part in

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Snap Shots April 2023

April 2023 snap shots features: PHSNE monthly meeting on Zoom with MIT Museum curator Gary Van Zante’s presentation on “An American City on Exhibition: Theodore Lilienthal’s Photographs of New Orleans for the Paris World’s Fair of 1867” this Sunday, April 2 at 7:30PM EDT. Photographica 90 arrives Saturday, April 22, 2023 at Newton North High School—One Day Only—Details HERE Photo History Today: The First News Photo – 1848 Camera of the Month: Linhof Technika 70 & Press 70 Christie’s, the

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Snap Shots March 2023

The March 2023 issue of snap shots includes: Zoom presentation on Vermont Center for Photography by Executive Director Josh Farr March 5 at 7:30PM PHSNE members’ field trip to Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem for “Power and Perspective: Early Photography in China” with co-curator Stephanie Tung March 11.[SOLD OUT] Camera of the Month: Olympus Pen F: Then and Now In Memoriam: David Berenson Photo Studio teapot Fotografiska in NYC Celebrates Hip-Hop through May 21, 2023 Download or view snap shots HERE.  

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Snap Shots February 2023

IN THIS ISSUE: LIVE on ZOOM: PHSNE Meeting Sunday, Feb 5, 2023 at 7:30PM EST — Tenax Expert Wes Loder will explain this unusual Zeiss Ikon camera. Sign Up Here to join the meeting. Camera of the Month: The Boston-born Blair Combination Camera (1882-1894) and its tenacious founder, Thomas Henry Blair. ICYMI: University of California Riverside (UCR) hosted a December conference on “camera-centered histories of photography.” Look for links to the Zoom presentations in the February 2023 snap shots. The school is

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Snap Shots January 2023

Download or view Snap Shots January 2023 newsletter HERE IN THIS ISSUE: LIVE on ZOOM: PHSNE Meeting Sunday, Jan 8, 2023 at 7:30PM EST for PHSNE’s 50th year. Sign Up Here to join the meeting.  Members will talk about PHSNE’s past, present, and future plans. A recap of PHSNE publications from 1973 to the present. The Centre for British Photography opens January, 2023 at 49 Jermyn Street, London.  Book review: Stanhopes: A Collector’s Guide by Jean Scott. Review by Ralph

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Snap Shots December 2022

Snap Shots December 2022 newsletter is here LIVE ON ZOOM: PHSNE Annual Meeting and Holiday Show & Tell Sunday, December 4, 2022. Annual Meeting at 7:00PM EST; Show & Tell at 7:30PM Sign Up Here to attend the meeting. Donations received and distributed to schools and organizations are part of PHSNE’s mission Power and Perspective: Early Photography in China on view at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA through April 2, 2023 Acknowledging the passing of two long-time PHSNE members:

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Portrait of Winston Churchill, taken by Karsh in 1941

Snap Shots November 2022

The November 2022 Snap Shots includes a photographic puzzle: why was a tiny 19th-Century gem tintype album filled with 48 small photographs of children—mostly girls? Brookline Historical Society president Ken Liss began researching in 2014, and now has most of the puzzle solved. Sign up now and you can join the quest for answers Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 7:30 PM EST via Zoom. Don’t forget to set your clock back an hour! Other stories: The Camera of the Month

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JP Stones image on Mexica culture

Snap Shots October 2022

The October 2022 Snap Shots features: photographer JP Stones’ Zoom presentation on Mexica culture and how connecting photographs and storytelling creates a richer experience for the viewer; Sunday, Oct 2, 2022 at 7:30PM EDT. Other items: overdue recognition of legendary photographer Margaret Bourke-White inducted to the New Jersey Hall of Fame; acknowledging the passing of long-time PHSNE member Jay Goldman; call for papers on Photomechanical Prints: History, Technology, Aesthetics, and Use, submission deadline October 31, 2022 for 2023 symposium. Also:

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Bill Hao, a giant wet plate camera, and a darkroom bus

Snap Shots September 2022

The September 2022 Snap Shots includes the 2022-2023 kick-off Sunday, September 11, Zoom meeting with Dr. Lee McIntyre’s presentation on the early women photographers of New England. Other items include: comments about June’s presentation on the Exakta, the Univex use of proprietary film, and clarifying the identification of a C. H. Cornell F24 camera/calculator used in aerial photography. Camera items include the Utility Falcon Model F; the sale of Oscar Barnak’s personal Leica prototype for $14.4 million; and a giant

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Andy Warhol "Screen Tests" (Edie Sedgwick) at the Currier Museum, Manchester NH

Snap Shots June 2022

The June 2022 Snap Shots features Vladimir Khazan, PHSNE member and previous meeting speaker, presenting the Dresden camera firm IHAGEE and its pioneering Exakta camera system Sunday, June 5th, at 7:30pm EDT on ZOOM. Other items include: PHOTOGRAPHICA 89’s huge success on April 23rd, with over 400 attendees plus a gallery of photos from the show; two photographic exhibits at the Currier Museum in Manchester, NH: The Appeal of the Real: 19th-century Photographs of the Ancient World, which ends Sunday,

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Snap Shots May 2022

The May 2022 Snap Shots features author Philip Pressel’s May 1st Zoom meeting presentation on the formerly top-secret Hexagon KH-9 spy satellite’s stereo cameras. Also — more cameras: the Kodak 3A Folding Pocket for postcards, and a 130-year-old wood bellows camera serving as a coffee table. Exhibits: Wellesley’s Davis Museum has three photography exhibits ending June 5th; the Griffin Museum features work by four photographers also ending June 5th. The non-profit New England Camera Club Council (NECCC) 75th conference is

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2020 PHSNE Journal

The Journal – 2020

The 2020 New England Journal of Photographic History, #178. This monograph by author Ron Polito, explores the lives, careers, and photographic techniques of Boston photographers Thomas E. Marr (1849-1910) and his son, Arthur {1877-1954). It is a quintessential American story. A young man rises from immigrant beginnings to gain patronage from some of the most successful individuals of the Gilded

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2019 PHSNE Journal

The Journal – 2019

The 2019 New England Journal of Photographic History, #177, features original research on one of the most iconic photographic portraits of all time: the unique daguerreotype of beloved poet Emily Dickinson, the only photographic image ever made of her. Two authors, John R. Felix and Susan Anderson set out to solve two separate mysteries: when the portrait was made, thus

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2018 PHSNE Journal

The Journal – 2018

The 2018 New England Journal of Photographic History, #176, features Simon Wing, a New England photographer, entrepreneur, and one-time presidential candidate, his invention, the Wing Multiplying Camera, and the life of his daughter, Anna Wing. “Simon Wing’s Photographic Collection Comes Home,” by Randel Mott-Cobb, is a story about hidden cameras, images, and artifacts re-discovered and now on display in a

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1889 Grand Tour Travel Album

The 1889 Grand Tour Travel Album

The 1889 Grand Tour Travel Album is a unique treasure. It documents an 80-day, 11,900-mile European tour during the summer of 1889 by four young, unmarried women: Cora, Harriet, June and “Myself,” the album’s photographer, souvenir photo buyer, caption writer, and curator. This 90-page facsimile edition includes very early Kodak snapshots taken with a Kodak #1 camera, together with many

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2017 PHSNE Journal

The Journal – 2017

The 2017 New England Journal of Photographic History, #175. Contents include: “Myself and Her Grand Tour Travel Album,” a unique 1889 album of captioned early Kodak snapshots and commercial travel photographs. The album documents the 80-day, an 11,900-mile journey of four unmarried women: Cora, Harriet, June, and ‘Myself,’ the album’s curator and photographer. Written by Ron Polito. “The Wondrous and

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2016 PHSNE Journal

The Journal – 2016

The 2016 New England Journal of Photographic History, #174, is themed around the art and practice of portraiture. Contents: Two Sides of 19th-Century Photography, how studio photographers strove to differentiate themselves on both the fronts and backs of their photos; The Creation of the Polaroid Portrait Land Camera – The Big Shot – and how Andy Warhol made it famous;

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2015 PHSNE Journal

The Journal – 2015

The 2015 New England Journal of Photographic History, #173, contains: The Watergate Break-In Cameras – what the burglars really used; Way Back to School – College Dorm Room Photos (c.1900); Lost Negatives of Herbert Ponting – the gift of a collection reveals an unexpected treasure; Needles in the Haystack – searching for Civil War images from both sides for the

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2014 PHSNE Journal

The Journal – 2014

The 2014 New England Journal of Photographic History, #172, includes articles on: The Saturday Night Club – Photos of ‘Risque’ Behavior at the Turn of the Century (1900s college life); Modifications for Folding Sheet Film Cameras; The Ries Brothers and Their Place in Hollywood History; Digital and Vintage Processes Work and Play Well Together.  

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2013 PHSNE Journal

The Journal – 2013 (40th Anniversary Issue)

The 2013 New England Journal of Photographic History, #171, celebrates the 40th anniversary of the society. Articles in this special issue include: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy’s wedding photos; the photo history of the Wright Brother’s first flight; the invention of the plastic camera lens; the Boston Bull’s-Eye camera; a study collection of photographs by nineteenth-century Boston photographers; the story of the

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Become a PHSNE Member

Our members bring their curiosity, enthusiasm, and knowledge to bear on every aspect of photo history, from the earliest experiments to the present day—and tomorrow. We welcome your participation and support of our society. Join PHSNE today!
Your membership includes:
    • The New England Journal of Photographic History
    • 10 Issues of snap shots Newsletter
    • Monthly Meetings
    • Informative Presentations
    • Periodic Field Trips & Vintage Camera Shoots
    • Free admission to the Photographica Show & PHSNE Auction


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You made PHOTOGRAPHICA 90 the best EVER!

Our 50th Anniversary Year Celebration Will Continue Throughout 2023

PHSNE May Meeting: Bernie Zelitch “Discovers” Lowell Photographer Annie Powell

Sunday, May 7, 2023 7:30PM on Zoom

June Meeting: PEM Curator Stephanie Tung

Sunday, June 4, 2023 at 7:30PM on Zoom

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