Lumiere Tintype: Inspired by Traveling Photographers of Centuries Past

If you loved our feature on how old school photography studios are standing out today, here’s our full interview with Lumiere Tintype’s Adrian Whipp for additional reading.

We’re confident that some of you are shocked that the film industry is still alive and kicking, If you fall into this camp, you’d be even more astonished to find out that more ancient, antiquated photography processes — tintypes and ambrotypes — are still around. Best of all, you can book a sitting today with studios offering portrait sessions in these unique processes. We very recently got in touch with a bunch of these old school photography studios to find out how they are standing out from their modern counterparts. You’ve most likely read about that here. However, we also wanted to share with our readers our full interview with each of these studios to paint a clearer picture of their visions, how they work, and what it’s like running their unique spaces.

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The Resurgence of Tintype Photography: An Interview with Adrian Whipp

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On the road in Austin, Texas, you may come across what looks like a small house attached to the back of a pickup truck. A banner affixed to the side of it will tell you that what exists inside is a tintype photobooth that goes by “Lumiere.” Tintype is a mid 19th-century photographic process by which an image is exposed on a sheet of metal dipped in collodion and a nitrate solution. There’s more chemistry to it than I’m letting on, but it is an old process that Adrian Whipp and Loren Doyen use to create portraits in Austin. We had a chance to speak with Adrian about this vintage endeavor.

All images are courtesy of Adrian Whipp and Loren Doyen.

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