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America and the Tintype

 
 
Author
Steven Kasher.
Publisher Steidl  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 10.25 x 8.25 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9783865216861
Pages/Publication Date 267/2008
Daedalus Item Code 20280
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Introduced in 1856 as a low-cost alternative to the daguerreotype and the albumen print, the tintype was widely marketed from the 1860s through the first decades of the 20th century as a popular photographic medium. It was affordable, portable, and available almost everywhere, and because of its ubiquity the tintype provides a startlingly candid record of America's social and political upheavals and the personal anxieties they induced. As Steven Kasher argues here, the tintype studio became a kind of performance space in which sitters could act out their personal identities, posing not only with their family and friends but also with the tools of their trade, costumes, toys, stuffed animals, and other such props. They would even enact stereotypes and fantasies that reflected or challenged conventional gender, race, and class roles. This book presents more than 200 remarkable examples of tintypes, largely drawn from the collection of the International Center of Photography in New York.
 
 
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