Last week I gave a workshop for the 99% conference, and I got the chance to pose for a Tintype photo thanks to the awesome people from San Francisco’s Photobooth. Tintypes were created in the 1850’s:
Tintype is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a sheet of iron metal that is blackened by painting, lacquering or enamelling and is used as a support for a collodion photographic emulsion.
Photographers usually worked outside at fairs, carnivals etc. and as the support of the tintype (there is no actual tin used) is resilient and does not need drying, photographs can be produced only a few minutes after the picture is taken.
In addition to getting a sheet of iron metal with your face on it, the company also takes a high-res digital photo of it and emails it to you.
The best part is everyone looks like either a coal miner or a Civil War soldier in a Tintype.
Jesus christ, Charlie Todd. Would it kill you to maybe tone down your devastating handsomeness? You’re making the rest of us look like a-holes.