Tintype Photography of Giles Clement

For 15 years, Giles Clement and his dog Zeiss have been touring the country on four wheels with a station wagon full of cameras, lights and wet plate collodion chemicals.

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The photojournalist turned photo gypsy travels roads big and small in search of faces and stories that speak to him, which he captures in tintype as the original itinerant American photographers of the wild west did and, to a certain extent, have always done.

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The process, which is made by creating a direct positive on a metal sheet, was more mobile and less expensive than previous photographic technologies in the making it possible for the general public to have their portraits taken and historical events be documented for the first time in the mid 1800s.

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Tintype photos, which were wildly popular from the 1860s-1870s have recently been revived as a novelty, with Giles being one of the few photographers in the U.S who regularly practices this unique art. His clients include The Associated Press, Squarespace, Deus Ex Machina and more.

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You can follow Giles’ journey – via his tintype photography and beyond on his Instagram account or website.