A new take on one of the world’s oldest forms of photography can be seen on Saturday, July 14th, at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston, NC.
Harry Taylor, a Wilmington-based commercial and fine arts photographer, will be giving a lecture and demonstration on the tintype technique at 11am and 2pm.
Dating back to the 1850s, the tintype process is a chemical emulsion that exposes a negative on a thin metal plate coated with dark lacquer. Tintypes were widely used during the American Civil War, since they could be developed in only a minute or two. This was much faster than other popular photographic methods of the time, and so tintypes were considered the “instant cameras” of the mid- to late-1800s. Despite its name, there is no tin in a tintype. Instead, photos are typically exposed on a plate of iron.
In addition to his commercial work, Taylor specializes in the earlier wet plate collodion process to create his tintypes (the other being the subsequent and more convenient dry collodion process).
This technique relies on large format cameras and a portable darkroom for on-site processing. His work explores the American South, time, and memory, all while living it.
Taylor’s photography has been featured in a number of print and Internet publications, including “Coastal Living,” Slate.com, and the NPR radio pictures blog, as well as on the television show “Sleepy Hollow.” Recently, his photos were exhibited at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington.
Taylor earned his Associate’s degree in Photography at Chowan College (now Chowan University), and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Photography in the Civil War
Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm
Visitors are invited to view and handle some examples of different types of photographs developed around the Civil War Era.
Visitors will also have an opportunity to have a tin type taken by him for a fee. Fees vary for tin types.
Admission to the museum is $5.00 for adults; $4.00 for seniors/military; and $3.00 for children.