Bonus Episode: Tintypes Made for Movies and Television

I think that 19th-century tintype photographers would be amazed to see that their medium is still thriving in the age of digital photography. Their spirit exists in my guest for this bonus episode. Rob Gibson travels around the country with a motorcycle and a portable studio, similar to his itinerant predecessors who used wagons. He calls his set up the World’s Fastest Darkroom. From being a machinist participating in Civil War reenactments as a passion which landed him a movie role to his becoming a tintype artist it’s been quite a career. It’s likely you’ve seen his work in a wide range of movies and television shows. 

Related Episodes:

Episode 114: Modern Tintypes Made With History

Episode 96: Photo Fakes with Michael Medhurst


About My Guest:

Rob Gibson is a master of the wet plate tin type process.

Gibson’s photographs had been featured in magazines, television, and motion pictures, including Gods and Generals, Cold Mountain, National Treasure, and the more recent Harriet. His demonstrations have been seen by thousands at renowned locations such as the Smithsonian, the National Archives, and the White House Press Corps.

A lover of the mechanical age Gibson travels, the country creating images that are right out of the past. In his new project, back road heroes, Gibson, and his partner, Lindsay Halstad, explore and photograph abandoned America. Their videos can be found on YouTube and on Facebook.

About Maureen Taylor:

Maureen is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London and Canada.  She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show (where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira).  She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. Maureen was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for, an internationally known family history website and also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles and online columns for such media as Learn more at

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