Matthew Brady-style tintype photography on the modern day battlefield

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Penfan2010, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 All-Pro

    Jul 21, 2012
    NJ, USA
  2. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 All-Pro

    Jul 21, 2012
    NJ, USA
  3. christilou

    christilou Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    I love tin type photos. I watched a video a while ago about a guy who still uses this technique for portrait work. Such a slow and solitary process but love the outcome.
  4. TheRubySusan

    TheRubySusan Top Veteran

    Sep 2, 2013
    Henry, IL
    A nit to pick

    I'm new to forums, I hope I do this right.

    First, thanks for the links to the fascinating articles!
    In no way do I wish to diminish the difficulty involved, the dedication of the photographer, or the intrinsic interest of his project. However, the iconic Mathew Brady photos of the civil war were taken using glass plate negatives, they were not tintypes, so there is no reason to mention Brady in connection with this story.

    " The war photographs, made with the new wet-plate collodion negative process, were widely exhibited, and pictures such as Union Casualties at Gettysburg (1863) revealed to civilians the true horror of battlefield death. In October 1862 the New York Times said of Brady’s photographs taken at the Battle of Antietam, “If he [Brady] has not brought bodies and laid them in our door-yards and along our streets, he has done something very like it.”

    Expecting that both the government and individual collectors would eventually buy his war photographs, Brady went deeply into debt, eventually spending more than $100,000 on equipment and staff. In the years following the war, his images lost their appeal with a public eager to forget the conflict, and his portrait business was hurt by an economic recession. Brady sold his Washington gallery at auction in 1868 to pay debts. He continued to operate a succession of smaller Washington studios, photographing many official visitors and delegations, but he was forced to file for bankruptcy in 1873. Two years later Congress awarded him a token $25,000 for his Civil War negatives and prints. " a quote from

    The same mistake was made on national news, and as tintypes were used during the civil war, it's a minor point.
  5. wt21

    wt21 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    RubySusan, I enjoyed the main article, but I also appreciate the correction. Thanks so much for posting, and welcome to SC. Thanks PenFan for the op, as well. Good reading!
  6. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 All-Pro

    Jul 21, 2012
    NJ, USA
    Very interesting insight, Susan. It's always interesting to see how economics is such a huge driver for many an endeavour.