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Grantee: Brian Deemy

Project Title: Spokane Tintype Studio
Year awarded: 2019, Round 3

The Wet Plate Collodion process, more commonly know as “tintype”, is a process predating film by thirty years. The process, introduced in 1851, involves making and pouring photographic emulsion onto a metal or glass substrate, placing that plate directly into the camera, and developing it by means that create a positive image directly onto the plate.

The procedure is difficult in practice and after six years, three darkrooms, and great investment, Deemy is now working comfortably in the tintype process and would like to bring his expertise, access to the process, and its results back to Spokane. Subjects and students will be able to step through a time capsule, sit in front of a 115 year old camera, and see their image reflected in a process dating back to the Civil War.

Truly, the best way to experience the magic of this process is in watching ones own image appear upon a metal plate in real time. With SAGA support, Deemy’s studio preparation and the cost of lighting and chemistry will be covered, so the only cost to students will be the image they leave with. Deemy is especially interested in reaching those who have an interest to try their own hand at tintype. Quarterly workshops will be held in 2020, where students will be able to make plates, step by step, with their own hands.