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Thursday, 30 June 2011


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Just wondered if you would flip it horizontally or keep it true to the original mirror image?

As for flipping the image: v-e-r-y interesting dilemma! The handedness is characteristic of a tintype, but if you are making a print, that's no longer a tintype. Maybe you'd compromise by inkjet printing the scan onto clear film (a digital negative) and then contact printing that, ink side down? (grin)

I have a few tintypes among old family photos - not the oldest, but definitely the most vivid. Hand-clipped corners, bubbled and corroded in places. Lovely. Quite a bit more theatrical too, than other (presumably glassplate) prints we have from the same era. Two young brothers about to separate, off to seek their fortunes.

I wonder: might the photography tend to have been less staid, at these tinplate businesses, to reflect the cheaper process?

Thanks for posting this, Mike!!!

Wow, that looks like a lot more than 4 hours work.

Nicely done. I have two from my grandfather's albums that I will have to attempt to restore.

For a while there, I thought he was going print it as another tintype. Or even better, restore the actual original tintype.

I wondered the same thing as David Anderson, and to his question (would you flip it?) my answer would be, yes. At least that's what I've done with self-portraits taken in a mirror.

Seems more derivative than a restoration to me. But if that's what the client wanted great, just not my taste. Also, it's nice to see someone seeking a professional's help on that one.

impressive work.

There is a portrait studio soon opening on Valencia street in SF that will be specializing in tintypes:


David, given that he's already significantly altered the original photographer's intent by removing the tinted cheeks, I'd say he should go whole hog and flip it.

In the article he states that he would normally flip it, but the person paying the bill wanted it left reversed.

hmmmm, and what about the copyright issues, wouldn't it be better to go back to the photographer and pay for a new print? I mean, fairs fair isn't it?

Sorry David, that won't work - you would have to ask the photographer to re-shoot the picture! Tintypes are original negatives not prints. Tintypists didn't need to worry about whether or not to produce limited editions.

Hi Nigel, are you positive about it being a negative?

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