Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Are There Modern Tintypes?

Web Wandering Wednesday

National Geographic photographer Robb Kendrick started shooting pictures when he was 15 years old and developed that interest into a lifelong career. He has traveled to 65 countries and all seven continents. Although Kendrick uses the latest high-tech camera gear, he’s got an old-fashioned side. Kendrick cherishes shooting tintypes, a wet-plate process photographers used in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It gives his images a vintage feel and helps keep this technique alive.

Kendrick has authored, Revealing Character, a book of modern portraits of some of the men (and one woman) who work as cowboys on Texas ranches today, captured with the cumbersome historic tintype process.

While wandering the web stop at Kendrick's website and spend some time. Available on the site is a film produced by National Geographic that takes you through Kendrick's process of making a tintype. It gives you a glimpse into the past and how difficult it must have been to make those first photographic images.

Kendrick's site is well worth the time for any lover of old photographs who yearns for those days of yesteryear. I think it will bring a renewed appreciation of the past and a sigh of relief for the present.


Blogger Lidian said...

Kendrick's photographs are beautiful and very moving, and I love that he is using an old technique to produce them. I passed the link on to my oldest, who is not only a keen photographer but who loves old photographs almost as much as her mom ;)

November 15, 2010 at 5:31 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

I'm so glad you liked this and sent it on to the next generation. I am chasing down a modern daguerreotypist for an article. That should be good as well.


November 15, 2010 at 8:00 PM  
Anonymous Sally J. said...


Reminds me of Jonathan Danforth, who creates modern Daguerreotypes from scratch -- or from an existing image. Someday when I have oodles of money I'm going to hire him to create a trickster Dag with half-hidden anachronisms like a digital watch or an iPod or a cell phone.

You can see examples of his work and process here ->

I love learning how these historical methods work almost as much as I enjoy gazing at the results.

November 16, 2010 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Sally - Your idea has me so intrigued. If you get that dag made, please write about it for Shades.

In the bridal issue there was a Mennonite bride that my husband said looks like she's listening to her iPod. We call her the iPod Bride.

Off to look at your link! Thank you! -fM

November 16, 2010 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Lisa Wallen Logsdon said...

Oh my! I watched that fascinating! I have serious photographer friends on Facebook that I must share that with! I am SO impressed!

November 30, 2010 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Lisa - Thank you, so glad you liked this post. Share away. That film impressed me as well.


November 30, 2010 at 9:49 PM  

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