Episode 116: America and the Tintype with Steven Kasher

Collecting images is something that I’m familiar with. There are thousands of images in my research collection. It’s hard to stop purchasing interesting pictures because each one is a little different. My own collection features a variety of image formats including  tintypes of men fishing off a prop boat with lines and fake fish. Women standing in front of fences and painted backdrops. Children posed in cute outfits in chairs designed for the purpose. The range of props, backdrops, and poses is amazing.  

My guest has been collecting tintypes for decades as well. In this conversation we chat about his book on the topic and a wide range of topics that cover the history of this popular image format.  

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About My Guest:

Steven Kasher is a gallery owner, writer, curator, and publisher. His gallery specializes in (but is not limited to) social, historical, and art photography from the 1950s through the 1980s. He is the author of Abbeville’s The Civil Rights Movement: A Photographic History, 1954-68 (1996) and has curated exhibitions about the Movement for more than 20 institutions worldwide. He has made numerous critically acclaimed books with Steidl, among them Mike Disfarmer: Original Disfarmer Photographs (2005), Least Wanted: A Century of American Mugshots (2006), A Maysles Scrapbook: Photographs/Cinemagraphs/Documents (2007), and Chauncey Hare: Protest Photographs (2008). 

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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