Victorian Britain and the Tintype Photograph

English Speaking Union Scotland Gallery

Jun 26 - Jul 18

Despite huge popularity across the social strata in the United States of America, Victorian tintype photography never attained the same level of acceptance in Great Britain and as a result it has been annexed to the periphery of photographic history. The photographic establishment's adherence to the inflexible structure of the British class system created a hierarchy of respectability within photography and the tintype's negative reputation was nurtured in contemporary journals and publications, including the British Journal of Photography. This exhibition of original 19th Century photographs will reveal the tintype as an invaluable document of working class people and their photographers, and help to reposition tintypes as a significant and worthy subject within photographic history.


English Speaking Union Scotland Gallery
23 Atholl Crescent

Further Information

Part of the ACTINIC Festival presented by Alternative Photography Scotland
Alternative Photography Scotland

From Sheila Masson’s collection.