These photos are from a wet plate collodion workshop held yesterday at the Chicago Photographic Center. We plated miniature tintypes in three different camera types, a Hasselblad, a Mamiya 645, and a 35mm Minolta. Above are one student's tintypes, and below is the set up and the students shooting and varnishing plates.
The attached plates were made at a large plate workshop I hosted last weekend. We made tintypes in 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10 sizes in both indoor and outdoor settings.
I want to thank you for Sunday's workshop and for letting me share it with my husband. He loved the experience, loved witnessing the magic of the moment the image reveals itself, and loved his down and dirty portrait. We talked last night about how seeing one's self photographed like that creates a sort of detachment from the person we think we are and makes us feel like part of history. We could be anyone, from any time period. It is simultaneously humbling and empowering. We also commented on how open you are to sharing your craft. Instead of keeping it to yourself, you let it live and encourage others to take to up. You do your best to demystify it and assure us that we can do it on our own, but let me tell you, we still see you as a modern-day wizard! Can't wait to pick up our portraits! - Hilary G
This video will help you to modify any Polaroid back and allow you to shoot miniature tintypes using your medium format camera. When ready to shoot, simply pad the back with cotton to hold your plate in place. Happy shooting!
These photographs were taken two weeks ago at a local tintype event hosted my MOPA. I made tintypes on location and then had a guest lecture with MOPA director, Deborah Klochko where we discussed historical and modern tintype processes. These photographs were shot by Ken Kondo. Thank you to all who participated in such a fun day!
On Saturday I hosted a tintype workshop at my studio. The video below is a slideshow of the day and the tintypes and ambrotypes that were made. We used a variety of different colored glass and metals to make our tintypes, and we exposed using miniature and toy cameras. It was a fun day and for five new tintypers, a successful first venture into wet plate collodion photography.