Media Release – Generous and Culturally-Significant Donation to Hamilton Public Library From Photographer Mr. Tom Bochsler

Art of Industry Hamilton Public library media release Tom Bochsler photography

Note to Assignment Editors & Photographers:
Special Event in honour of Mr. Tom Bochsler to take place in September.

HAMILTON, ON – June 17, 2014 Tom Bochsler, a well-known industrial photographer, has donated one of the largest Canadian collections of images from an individual photographer to the Hamilton Public Library—a total of 500,000 negatives and files spanning a 50-year career.

Mr. Bochsler’s more than five decades in his industry allowed him to achieve the designation of ‘Outstanding Significance and National Importance’ by the CANADIAN HERITAGE- CULTURAL PROPERTY EXPORT REVIEW BOARD.

“We are absolutely thrilled about Mr. Bochsler’s generous donation,” shared Paul Takala, Chief Librarian at Hamilton Public Library. “The people of Hamilton will now access and benefit from this culturally-significant collection and we are truly happy to care for it.”

Mr. Bochsler’s collection will rest in the capable hands of Hamilton Public Library staff in the Local History & Archives Department. In the fall, the Library plans to share a sneak peek at Mr. Bochsler’s collection in a special presentation to take place during Supercrawl weekend.

Mr. Bochsler’s historical photographs cover a multitude of industries and topics. In the 1950s, he used the then workhorse of cameras, the Speed Graphic, weighing 10 lbs, using one-shot flashbulbs as a lighting source. Black and white was the norm, which then evolved into the use of colour film in the1960s. Early photographic clients created the experience of diversity from social, to press and commercial industrial photographs. Local industries and businesses benefited from the use of the Dramatic images of processes and product applications to inform the public of the diversity of local industry.

In addition to his extraordinary collection, Mr. Bochsler published a book, The Art of Industry, to provide a permanent collection of black & white and colour images of various assignments in his career.

For More Information About Tom Bochsler
The Art of Industry, A 50-year photo-biography by Tom Bochsler

Bochsler Photo Imaging
BP Imaging is a full-service commercial photography studio serving the Greater Toronto Area(GTA) and beyond. Areas of photographic expertise include: food, product, lifestyle, portrait, architectural, automotive, industrial and aerial photography. Setting BP imaging apart is incomparable in-house post-photography digital imaging talent.

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