The tintype studio

What is a tintype?

Discover the wet plate collodion process

WHAT IS A TINTYPE?

WE Create a photograph that is made of silver, a picture rendered on metal and an image which is completely unique. Hand made from start to finish. The Tintype Studio use a darkroom process invented by the Victorians combined with state of the art lighting to create one-off, objects of beauty. 

Each plate is handmade in the darkroom; it’s carefully coated in collodion and silver nitrate to create a light sensitive plate. The plate is placed in James's Victorian camera and the picture is made using modern flash lights and an exposure of a few seconds.

 

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The plate is then developed in the darkroom and then placed in a fixing bath where you watch as a positive image emerges. We then carefully dry the pictures, varnish them and make a high resolution scan. 

 These pictures last forever, the process is over 150 years old and tintypes exist from that time which look as though they have just been made. Hold in your hands a one-off physical picture which can never be copied. 

 
 
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