About

Stephen James Kerr is an independent scholar, writer, photographer and filmmaker living in Toronto Canada. His interests span classical Greek and Roman history, the economics of energy, capital and population, constitutional history and theory, radical democracy, social and political revolution, sustainable agriculture, gardening, poetry and endurance athletics.

Mr. Kerr’s writing has appeared in print in Now Magazine, Fab Magazine, The Varsity, THIS Magazine, Canadian Dimension, Zygote, edible toronto, and online. He’s a frequent contributor to the Letters to the Editor’s page of the Toronto Star. He formerly co-hosted the Newspeak radio program on CIUT 89.5 FM in Toronto from 2001 to 2004.

He is currently working on a book about the history of the western idea of democracy, and taking photographs with a Rolleiflex TLR. His photo work can be found here.

6 responses to “About

  1. Pingback: Stephen James Kerr: ‘Against Proportional Representation’ « Equality by lot

  2. Love your writing, your ideas, your particular way of expressing them!

  3. Hi Stephen, It’s the crazy amateur photographer that you met in Stephens green, Dublin on Saturday past (Adrian!)..
    Had a peek through your Flickr page, there; some really interesting stuff! I will endeavor to upload my humble shots over the next few days and any comments or hints would be greatly appreciated!!
    I have also been hunting on ebay for a Rolleiflex model K4/50 TLR ever since my return! not sure if this is the same one you were using?? maybe you could refresh my memory on the best one to go for given my limited skills πŸ™‚
    If you could also keep me posted on the launch date of your book that would be great also…

    • Hi Adrian,

      Thanks for checking out my blog and flikr page. My own Rollei is the very next model, the K4A, based upon its serial #. Whether or not the camera works in this case is less dependent upon the camera model, but on the state of the specific camera in question. If you are buying via Ebay, you should ask that the seller allow you at least a week to test out the optics on a roll of BW and a roll of colour film. I recommend Fuji Across 100 ASA BW, and Fuji Velvia 100 ASA colour film. In these old cameras, sometimes the optics will not focus at the lower apertures, ie. under F11. The Rollei 3.5s were made for Eastern Europe, and sometimes they cemented the lens optics in place. Over time, the cement can crack, even ever so slightly, and the lens will not focus. This was a big concern for me when I bought mine, but fortunately mine was perfect. The thing to do is record your exposure times, don’t rush, make sure everything is focused, and try to shoot down in the lower aperture numbers where you can use a faster shutter speed. If your test rolls come back with crisply focused images, you’re grand! If not, send it back. If you want a good exposure guide, simply set your DSLR to manual, ASA to 100, Fstop to 3.5, and use the exposure time your DSLR’s light meter suggests. Best of luck with it! You’re going to have a lot of fun if you find a good Rollei!

  4. Occupy Toronto supports this independant scholar, indeed all independant scholars.

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