I am a tintype photographer who spends most of his time at a tiny studio in the very heart of old Prague, Czech Republic, surrounded by ancient cameras, two dog assistents, a huge and rather moody inkjet printer and, first and foremost, by all the lovely people who started coming in for portrait sessions one day some six years ago and somehow never stopped.
Oh and I also do all sorts of exhibitions, workshops and lectures.
In case you might be wondering, the name of my studio, Fotograf na plech, translates as “Tintype photographer”, but also “Drunk, wasted or high photographer”. Not that far fetched when you consider all the alcohol involved in producing wet collodion plates…
A tintype is an analogue photograph shot directly on a metal (tin) sheet. No enlargement, intermedia or printing is involved, everything happens in-camera. Think Polaroid, but 100 years older. The process, wet plate collodion, dates back 170 years. This wikipedia link has more information.
Because it represents the complete oposite of
the digital, super fast, over-saturated world we live in today. Everything is hand made. The whole process requires you slow down, really think things through and put your best effort into the one exposure. Not hundreds, not thousands of exposures. Just one, made on the very tin plate you will bring home with you. Also, the plate will last for hundreds of years, (which, one might say, has already been well tested since the 1850s).
If you would like to come in for a portrait session, please get in touch through the Contact section and let me know which date and time would work for you the best. I will always do my best to make your session happen.
– spoken introduction into the history of the wet plate process
– full presentation of all the steps and chemical processes
– your final portrait plate, varnished and packaged for safe travel
– archival reproductions printed in handmade carbon pigment inks can be ordered separately
A typical tintype portrait session with one final plate takes between 60 to 90 minutes. The plate is ready to be picked up within 60 minutes after we finish (a bit longer if you also order a printed reproduction).
Anything you like and feel comfortable in, really. I would probably advise against wearing plain white as it gets overexposed easily, and also watch out for text and logos as those will be inverted in the final image. Any other color, patterns, accessories – go crazy! (Just note that collodion “sees” blue color the most and does not see red at all. This means anything blue will turn out very light and anything red will be black.)
My studio is located in the historic centre of Prague, Malá Strana (the Lesser Side). The Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Lennon Wall, Petřín hill with its viewtower – all within a short walking distance. (I also live in the neighbourhood an know it quite well. I can give you local tips on things to do and places to see in Malá Strana.)
Sure! I will be happy to include anyone you bring with you into the shot, as long as you can all fit in front of my camera. My current record is a group of 36 students in one image.