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.

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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Gordon Parks' iconic "American Gothic" (Ella Watson), 1942; part of a gift of 600 images to the Portland (ME) Museum of Art from Judy Glickman Lauder, January, 2022.

Snap Shots April 2022 – Photographica Edition

After three years of COVID lockdowns and social distancing, PHSNE’s 89th Photographica Show is back and better than ever. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Newton North High School, 457 Walnut St. in Newtonville, MA. 7:00 AM Early Birds $20; 9:00 AM General Admission $5; 4 PM dealer tables close; PHSNE Auction 4:30 PM until the lots are sold. Don’t miss this one! Also in this issue: the rare Mercury CC-1500 35mm camera (1939-1942); Aperture’s new

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Snap Shots March 2022

The March 2022 Snap Shots features Eric Luden, CEO of Digital Silver Imaging, who will present “Tips on Digitizing Your Archive” Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 7:30PM on Zoom. Among his tips are scanning do’s and don’ts for a successful archiving project along with a Q&A. Other items in this issue include: Photographica 89 will take place all day Saturday, April 23, 2022 at Newton North High School, 457 Walnut St., Newton, MA, with more details to come;  new research from

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Exhibit image from "Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward Curtis" in Scottsdale, AZ, through spring 2023.

Snap Shots February 2022

The February 2022 Snap Shots features Terri Cappucci’s Zoom presentation on how she rescued thousands of glass negatives from the trash, and the steps she took to restore and preserve them, along with hard-won advice on how to keep images safe. Other stories include: a Photographica romance started in 1996; new research from documents and images in the National Archives dating back to the Civil War; the Minolta Maxxum 7000 auto-everything 35mm camera launched in 1985; and three exhibits: Light

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Four mirror design in a flat-panel projection display

Snap Shots January 2022

Happy New Year! The January 2022 Snap Shots features a Zoom presentation by Lev Sakin, noted optical designer and engineer, for the January 9, 2022, meeting. Sakin’s career includes working at LOMO in St. Petersburg, Russia; General Scientific in Ann Arbor, MI; and in Wilton, CT, where he co-founded Optical Design Associates. If you’re curious about lenses, this is a special opportunity to learn from an expert. Other Snap Shots items: a detailed follow-up article by PHSNE member Mark Kronquist

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AP 175: Nelson Mandela freed, 1990

Snap Shots December 2021

The December 2021 Snap Shots is our Happy Holidays edition. It starts with a special Zoom meeting on December 5 featuring the members’ “Show ‘n’ Tell,” sharing their favorite cameras, images, or what-have-you with the audience online. It’s engaging, fun, and occasionally hilarious. Don’t miss it! Other items in this issue include: a PHSNE leadership transition; the passing of LIfe Member David DeJean; the Associated Press 175th anniversary “A History in Photographs” with images such as Nelson Mandela freed from prison,1990

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Left Behind: Afghan Studio Portraits

Snap Shots November 2021

The November 2021 Snap Shots features Dr. Anthony Hamber’s presentation on “The Rise of Photographic Illustration 1839-1880” from England,   November 7, via Zoom. Other articles: a new collection of African-American photographer’s work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC; the Kodak Scout cameras; the Minolta Weathermatic A; “Left Behind: Afghan Studio Portraits,” a result of the chaotic departure from Afghanistan, with uncollected or duplicate photographs (above) found in drawers or boxes; Photographica 89 Returns—Saturday, April 23, 2022.  

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National Parrk Foundation Grand Prize Winner

Snap Shots October 2021

The October 2021 Snap Shots features PHSNE member Vladimir Khazan’s Zoom presentation on “Zeiss-Ikon: History and Products from 1846-1945” at the October 3rd meeting. Other articles: the National Park Foundation grand prize-winning photo, taken by Mark Gruenhaupt, captures the Milky Way Galaxy above a camping area in the San Juan National Forest in the southwestern corner of Colorado, taken in July 2020 (above); thousands of glass plate negatives saved from destruction by photographer Terri Cappucci in Western Massachusetts (Update: Cappucci

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An image from "Loving"

Snap Shots September 2021

The September 2021 Snap Shots features collectors and co-authors Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell’s Zoom meeting presentation on their book “Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love” Sunday, September 12. Published in 2020, the book is based on their collection of 3200 vintage photos from 1850 to 1950 showing romantic, loving male couples. Also in this issue: “Hidden Mothers” in 19th-century infant and child photographs; a new book by PHSNE member Paul Rheingold, “The Early Photographers of Lake Sunapee,” offers

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"Young girl with painted background c. 1848-50" by Samuel Broadbent

Snap Shots June 2021

The June 2021 Snap Shots features a Zoom meeting presentation by curator and archivist Edith Cuerrier on “The Gabriel Cromer Collection at the George Eastman Museum,” Sunday, June 6. Cuerrier will discuss the French collector Gabriel Cromer, the scope of the collection and its path to the George Eastman Museum, and her own work cataloging the materials (N.B. excellent French language skills required!). Other items: a remembrance of long-time PHSNE member Ed Shaw, the creator of Photographica; an article on daguerreotypist

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Dora Goodman 3D-printed medium format camera

Snap Shots May 2021

The May 2021 Snap Shots features Nicole Hudgins, author of “The Gender of Photography,” who will give a Zoom meeting presentation on her book Sunday, May 2, 2021. The talk explores why and how 19th-century photographic institutions insisted on masculine values and authority, and how women engaged with photography despite that dominant trend. Other items include: Dora Goodman’s 3D-printed medium-format camera (above) as an open-source project; a donation by New York’s Howard Greenburg Gallery to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts of

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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


Bulletin Board

Coming Up

May 1 – Philip Pressel & the Hexagon KH-9 Spy Satellite Stereo Camera

June 5 – Vladimir Khazan on the Exakta

A Big Thank You

To everyone who participated in the years’ Photographica 89!

Get ready for 2023: PHSNE’s 50th year and Photographica 90

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