Part of an assignment for school was to replicate a particular era of photographic history. I chose the Tin Type which was popular in the 1860’s and 1870’s. Tin types were made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of iron coated with a dark lacquer or enamel and used as the support for the photographic emulsion.
Tintype portraits were at first usually made in a formal photographic studio, like daguerreotypes and other early types of photographs, but later they were most commonly made by photographers working in booths or the open air at fairs and carnivals, as well as by itinerant sidewalk photographers. Because the lacquered iron support (there is no actual tin used) was resilient and did not need drying, a tintype could be developed and fixed and handed to the customer only a few minutes after the picture had been taken.
I enjoy doing these reproductions in Photoshop, but I have also used these alternative processes in my film days. 🙂
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