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Tintypes & Kallitypes

I enjoy mixing chemicals in the darkroom to make collodion and home-made emulsion, and using my 100+ year-old wooden view cameras under a dark cloth, to make photographs using the same formulas and materials used in the 1800’s. Tintypes are made by pouring collodion onto a sheet of metal and exposing the image directly in the camera (sort of the original Polaroid of its day.) The careful observer will notice that some of the tintypes reveal details that appear backwards. That’s because these are positive images made in the camera, rather than negatives. Kallitypes are made by brushing emulsion onto paper and making a contact print from a large negative under UV light (either artificial sources or directly in the sun).