This year, we have the opportunity to make tintypes at the 71st Florida Folk Festival. You’ll find us all three days making photographs on metal the same way its been done for 150 years.
Tintypes were popular among people from all walks of life because they were relatively inexpensive and easy to produce. As a folk art, tintype photography was accessible to people who did not have access to more traditional forms of art or photography in the mid-1800s.
Tintypes were often made by itinerant photographers who traveled from town to town, taking portraits of people on the street or in their homes. These photographers would often set up makeshift studios in tents or wagons.
Tintype photography was also popular among people who wanted to document important events in their lives, such as weddings, births, and funerals. Tintypes of these events were often treasured family heirlooms, passed down from generation to generation.
Hope to see yall there!