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What I said all long

February 8th, 2017

Up until 1888 - that is, for the first half-century of the medium's existence - anyone who wanted to make photographs had to practice photography. If you worked with the direct-positive processes (such as the daguerreotype or the tintype) you develop... 

“Changing New York” by Berenice Abbott, is generally considered to be one of the most important photographic projects ever made. Between the years 1935 and 1939, Berenice Abbott documented the rapid change American cities were undergoing at the time.... 

Sensitivity And Insensitivity

February 16th, 2016

A photograph can reproduce the world in greater detail and subtlety than any other medium. Photographers love photography for its inherent qualities. Whenever a photograph digresses from its innate ability to represent the world in fine detail, fi... 

My History

February 2nd, 2016

My first picture, at age 8, was a landscape - our farm in New Glasgow, seen from a pasture, taken with my Kodak Baby Brownie Special. It is an impression, a dreamlike creation. I don't remember seeing a landscape photograph before that time. I gr... 

Elders of the Island Review

February 2nd, 2016

O'Brien, Mary, Lionel Stevenson, and Terry Dunton Stevenson. Charlottetown, University of Prince Edward Island and Ragweed Press, cl985. ISBN 0-920304-53-2. Reviewed by Pauline Henaut 1986 January The full-page black-and-white photographs and ... 


February 2nd, 2016

Normally, it is not the photograph that we see, but the "subject" of the photograph, its referent. Each photograph states, "This has existed". Most viewers miss the art in photographs because they get absorbed in the referent. What you get out of... 


February 2nd, 2016

When one works in black & white, it is so abstract that the aesthetic content; form, mass, line, texture and tone are more evident. Color is a great distraction in an image and amplifies the visual gloss, which is a view of the subject without any in... 


February 2nd, 2016

A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed. - Ansel Adams ;How do you know if a work of art means something to you? When an image sticks in your memory. When you can't forg... 


February 2nd, 2016

The goal of fine photographers is to discover themselves and the world and to make strong statements about the world. You photograph with what you are, with your being, which changes and grows with life experience and education. What critics w... 


February 2nd, 2016

LOOKING AT PHOTOGRAPHS Photographs are magic! Imagine, a way that reality can record itself! It is so wonderful that it is hard to grasp, hard to not be drawn in and lose yourself in this magic mirror, this curl in existence, this drawing with lig... 

Where to now?

February 2nd, 2016

Well, the last posting brings most of my digital images to the site. Now, like Dave Beckerman, I've started to scour my archives to find negs that haven't been scanned. my scanning skills have improved so much in the last 10 years that I can now do a... 

The Island

February 2nd, 2016

OUT OF PRINT–NEW COPIES AVAILABLE FROM ME ONLY INTRODUCTION Lionel F. Stevenson speaks and works for all of us who are Island-defined when he says, “Sometimes it's hard to stay awake, everything is so familiar. I'd just become part of it and no... 

Lionel F. Stevenson FIFTY YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHS (1962-2012) available on Amazon. This exhibition brings together a selection of works from the lengthy career of distinguished Prince Edward Island photographer Lionel Stevenson. Born in New Glasgow... 


February 2nd, 2016

I’m more and more convinced that my work is in a class by itself. 99% of the work I see is about things- the subject. My work has always been about the print- about the new object that is created. The subject is important in that it is the stimulus... 

So Many Pictures

February 2nd, 2016

This bit was written by Wilson Hicks in 1953 in Aperture. Woe! Woe! for good photography. (The) public is inundated today by a vast flood of images which, as Lewis Mumford says in his Art and Technics (New York: Columbia University Press, 1952), ... 

Berenice Abbott

January 31st, 2016

In 1968 I was living in Toronto. My wife and I had a flat in the St.Clair area. I had converted one room into a darkroom and was doing freelance work. For the preceding seven years I had worked for various professional photographers in Toronto, and m...