Posted 4 years ago
Four tintypes which illustrate the use of painted backdrops in the early days of photography. Common wisdom holds that the early folk painter, or "limner" was rendered obsolete by the invention of photography, but they were actually in as much demand as ever. Many early photographers WERE painters who created their own backdrops.
Jim Linderman is the author of "The Painted Backdrop: Behind the Sitter in American Tintype Photography 1860-1920"