Episode 114: Modern Tintypes Made With History

If you thought tintypes were only from the olden days, you may be surprised to learn that the tintypes are still being produced today. Those dark tin images in your family collection don’t begin to show off the beauty of a tintype.  Modern tintypes are amazing.  The subtle colors let us imagine what those varnished ones of our ancestors must have looked like once. Suddenly the allure of a tin photo is clear. They are gorgeous portraits, ones that our relatives once relished.  My guest uses a historic camera to take tintypes today using historical processes.  The results  are stunning. There is depth, character, and shades of milky tones in his pictures. It’s no wonder he is in demand as a portraitist. There is a revival of historic processes from daguerreotypes and more. Josh Wool is part of it.  You can view his work on his website. Of course the links are in the show notes.    

Related Episodes:

Episode 105: Women in the Dark: Female Photographers in the U.S. 1850-1900.

Episode 85: Pinup Photos and the Modern Woman


About My Guest:

Josh Wool is a portrait photographer. His work spans the advertising, editorial, music, and entertainment worlds.

But photography wasn’t his first profession. He only found photography in his early thirties after more than a decade as a chef and restaurateur.  He was raised in the Low Country of South Carolina and he currently resides with his wife and creative partner, Monique, in Brooklyn, NY.

Modern Alchemy, his first monograph, was published in 2015. The book is the culmination of his work from the Artist’s Initiative Grant awarded through VSCO. Josh was selected for the Photo District News 30 New and Emerging Photographers Award, 2014.

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 MyHeritage.com, an internationally known family history website and also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles and online columns for such media as Smithsonian.com. Learn more at Maureentaylor.com

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