Words by James Lockridge. Images by Jeff Howlett and Chris Morgan.
Introduced in the mid-19th century, each tintype photograph is individually created by coating, sensitizing, exposing and developing a metal plate as the subject sits for the portrait session. Many Civil War era photographs were created with this historic technology, which provides a hauntingly beautiful and permanent image especially suitable for heirloom portraits of individuals, families, artists and bands. Photographers Jeff Howlett and Chris Morgan have been photographing tintypes for over 17 years. The public is invited to have individual and family portrait heirlooms taken in this timeless medium from 6pm-1am at Radio Bean/¡Duino! (Duende)/Light Club Lamp Shop, 10 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington, Vermont on June 25. The cost of each image is $40.00, and everyone is welcome to come see this rare process in action (all ages, free to watch!). For directions to ¡Duino! (Duende) and the menu, visit duinoduende.com.
Chris Morgan and Jeff Howlett with the mobile tintype studio.
Jeff Howlett is the director and producer of the acclaimed documentary ‘A Band Called Death,’ (abandcalleddeath.com) and expatriate of the mid-1990s Burlington music scene as frontman for alt/sludge metal bands Slush, Five Seconds Expired and Non Compos Mentis. Big Heavy World and Radio Bean encourage local musicians of all ages to get their tintype taken by a homecoming local colleague. For more information and a portfolio of tintypes taken by Jeff and Chris, visit howlermanophotography.com.
Chris Morgan, Collodion Artist, has been creating tintypes using the wetplate collodion process since 2001. Traveling up and down the east coast, Chris has photographed historical places and events, as well as created timeless portrait images for thousands of individuals and families using this historic process. For more information, www.thesilverbath.com.
Tintype portraits of the photographers, Chris Morgan & Jeff Howlett.
A Vermont Arts 2015 event. Visit Vermont Arts Council for more.