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August 29 - August 30

Crafts of the Past -- Tintypes

Saturday, August 29 – Sunday, August 30 (11:00am - 5:00pm)

Victoria Anderson will demonstrate the process behind creating the 19th century photographs commonly called tintypes. Technically known as the wet plate collodion photo process, it produces a direct positive image on a piece of metal that has been treated with a photo emulsion. The method was developed in France in 1853 and patented in the US in 1856. It quickly became one of the most popular ways to be photographed. Anderson learned the process form well- known photographer John Coffer in 2009.  She continues to learn and improve her technique. 

Visitors will have a chance to see the process in action, as Anderson will photograph various subjects throughout the day. 

Each weekend through September 27 a different artist will be “in-residence” at the Fort with displays and demonstrations of their work. Most will also offer visitors the opportunity to try their hand at the specific art form.

Click here for the entire summer schedule.
Crafts of the Past is sponsored by the Fort Nisqually Foundation and made possible by grants from the Nisqually Indian Tribe and Tacoma Arts Commission. It is free with paid admission.