Fonds F 2009.006 - Brodie MacPherson photographic chemical fonds

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Brodie MacPherson photographic chemical fonds

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F 2009.006

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  • [19--] (Creation)
    Macpherson, Brodie

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47 bottles of photographic chemicals

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Eldest child of Elsie Margaret Macpherson and Walker Ernest Macpherson, born in Toronto on November 26th, 1909. Archibald Brodie Macpherson graduated from the University of Toronto in 1931 from the Science and Engineering department. He opened his photography business at 172 Walmer road (the basement of the family home), in Toronto in 1946, following his service in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. The studio specialized in colour photographs and Macpherson experimented with his own mixing his own chemicals and perfecting his own photographic processes. The photographer was the chair of the Toronto Camera Club's Colour Print Group, and would teach colour separation through the club's facilities. He was also a member of the Commercial and Press Photographs Association of Canada (CAPPAC_. serving as Secretary in 1949-1953, and as Treasurer in 1954. He retired from photography in 1964.

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The collection was donated in June 2009 by Richard Bell, who acquired the material from the former home studio of Brodie Macpherson.

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Bottles of photographic chemicals used by Brodie Macpherson in his home lab. Most are glass bottles with cork stoppers, a few Seagram's beer bottles and other re-purposed household containers, with handwritten labels indicating their contents.

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Related to the Brodie Macperson Fonds of textual and graphic material at Library and Archives Canada:
ca. 848 photographs b&w and col.
16 cm of textual records.

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No further accruals are expected.


The contents were disposed of because of health and safety concerns over the long-term storage of these chemicals, and only the cleaned and empty bottles were retained.

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