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Mirror Mirror: Tif Hunter's Tintype Exhibition & portrait sitting

8 May 2018

Tif jatinder copy

©Tif Hunter


‘What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time’. John Berger

For the past seven years, AOP photographer member Tif Hunter has been fascinated by - and even addicted to ‘tintypes’. These are handmade, one-off images which use a 19th century technique, developed in the early days of photography. First invented in the 1850s, tintypes were particularly popular during the Civil War in late 19th century America. 

Tif spoons copy

©Tif Hunter

'Mirror Mirror' is a pop up exhibition of Tif’s original tin-types and prints in the Long Gallery at Messums Wiltshire, spanning the genres of still life and portraiture.

Join us for a preview of the exhibition and talk with Tif on Wednesday 16th May. There is also a dinner available following the talk, for more information and to book click here

The 'Mirror Mirror' exhibition runs from Thursday 17th until Sunday 20th May. 

Alongside the exhibition, Tif is offering portrait sittings at the 13th century barn at Messums Wiltshire. There are only twelve opportunities, across the course of Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May. Book a portrait sitting here


Tif celeriac copy

©Tif Hunter


More about Tintypes

A tintype is a photograph with warm monochromatic tones on a thin sheet of metal. Tintypes, also known as wetplates, involve a cocktail of chemicals and must be prepared moments before the image is taken and developed and fixed immediately after. Each one-off tintype has a beautiful surface of marks and smears resulting from the chemistry involved. The final image is grainless with exquisitely smooth tones. Tin-types are original in ways that photographs from the 20th and 21st century simply are not. There are no negatives to print from and no other ways of creating identical multiple images. When Tif creates his beautiful prints he does so through using digital scanning and printing techniques. Tin-types, produced literally on a single tin sheet cannot be modified in anyway. 

Tif's work with tintype portraiture, combined with 21st century lighting techniques, has led to many commissions including those from The Jerwood Foundation and retailer Toast. Tif has worked for an international range of clients for over twenty years. His commercial work has been featured in Lurzer's Archive 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide. Hunter’s clients include British Airways, Sony and The Guardian. His personal work has been exhibited and sold at the Michael Hoppen Gallery. Tif Hunter lives and works in an 1850's saddlery workshop in Bermondsey, London.

Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW View Map

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