Portrait of an Artist ~ Tintypes by Horst


Tintypes by Horst:

Award winning photographer Horst Herget has been bringing tintype portrait photography to Toronto’s fine art afininados for the past three years.  Dating back to the 1850s, tintype photography is a process that captures an image directly onto an enamelled metal plate. Using chemistry recipes that are more than 150 years old and developed by hand, these images make for a distinctive portrait of any subject. Tintypes by Horst offers these handcrafted 19th century photographic images both in studio at Fulton House and at Art & Craft shows.

Each tintype is one of a kind, and cannot be duplicated.  The slow, fastidious steps only permit a handful of portraits per hour. The open-air darkroom where many of the steps can be viewed will fascinate many members of the public. This handcrafted art form, which rebuffs the modern era’s need for pixel-perfection at a push of a button, instead strives to make the process of portraiture a personal one.

Tintype portraits start at $50, with numerous framing and customized display options also available.


Posted on April 30, 2014 .