I use a mobile darkroom to make tintypes on location. It's a production and a spectacle, connected closely to the history of itinerant tintype artists from the 1860s through 1930s.
Below is a growing collection of images from recent travels, including a collaboration with Susanna Crum, titled "On the Map." This research-led project that documents 19th- and early 20th-century post office sites with tintype. Traveling tintypists would bring their mobile darkrooms to small towns and rural areas, making tintype an affordable and stable means for Americans to mail images of themselves, their homes, and landmarks to distant family and friends. In fall 2021, we traveled across the state of Kentucky, meeting the owners of historical post office sites and learning about the present and futures of these community anchors.