Developed and popularized in the late 1800s, tintype photographs are made using a special process in which light-sensitive chemicals are hand poured onto an enameled sheet of metal, creating a dramatic, detailed and long-lasting image. Known as the Polaroid of the 19th century, many of these antique tintypes have survived the test of time due to their hardiness, capturing a distinct style of historic portraiture and becoming a favorite of archivists and private collectors alike.
Joining a truly incredible lineup of vendors of all things curious and odd, Atlas Obscura and James Weber Studio are partnering to offer custom tintype portraits for individuals and pairs at the Oddities Flea Market April 7 & 8. In a private session with professional photographer James Weber, guests will have the opportunity to pose with a variety of unusual props provided by our featured vendors, including an antique human skull from the personal collection of curator Ryan Matthew Cohn.
Book your session in advance for a rare chance to have your image captured in the striking style of the 19th century. Photographs will be expertly brought to light using hand poured chemicals that allow development on site, so guests will leave with a one-of-a-kind portrait printed on metal, and proven to stand the test of time.