Tintypes by Horst

Friday May 11, Saturday may 12 | 1840 danforth ave

Tintype photography was invented in 1851, and quickly gained popularity among North America's late nineteenth century's working class.  Tintypes presented a low-cost, affordable opportunity for everyone to access a medium formerly reserved for the wealthy elite.  The process had various names in the beginning – ferrotypes, melainotype - but ultimately the name tintype stuck because it sounded cheap, just like tin. The images, however, were never captured on tin plates, only thin iron plates and now most commonly on aluminum. 

Tintypes were immensely popular for about 30 or 40 years, but fell out of favour in about the 1890s with the introduction of celluloid roll film, only recently undergoing a well-deserved renaissance.

Horst will take participants through a hands-on wet plate workshop examining the entire workflow. There will be an overview of chemistry, lighting solutions, and special considerations of this photographic process.




Horst has worked with a variety of clients over the years now specializes in the field of educational, corporate and healthcare. Horst constantly find himself seeking out opportunities to stay connected to the artistic aspects of his craft. With wet plate photography Horst has found a process that is thoughtful and deliberate, and keenly focuses both photographer and subject on creating a compelling and genuine portrait. Horst lives in Toronto with his wife and two young daughters.