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Interview: Tif Hunter and his use of Tintypes and Polaroid’s for ‘On Maltby Street 2011’

Metro Imaging is teaming up with photographers, artists, curators and individuals who work in the photography industry to produce short, three-minute documentaries and interviews for the Metro Imaging website.

The videos, produced entirely by an in-house team at Metro, include one on one dialogue to the camera and reveal an insiders view of the processes and ideas behind exhibitions, photography techniques, production and curating as well as showing a much sought after ‘fly-on-the-wall’ view of a photographers studio.

The latest video produced by Metro, featured photographer Tif Hunter and his latest exhibition ‘On Maltby Street’. Back in October 2011, Tif set about taking Polaroid’s of stall holders he had met and befriended selling food and produce on his local market on Maltby Street in SE1, just round the corner from his studio.

As well as producing the Polaroid’s, he also took still life images of the goods available. Using a hand-built wooden camera, with nineteenth century lenses he employed the tricky use of the wet plate process inside his studio.

In the video, Tif discusses his passion for the almost lost art of Tintypes, a photograph which is made by creating a direct positive onto a sheet of metal that is blackened by painting, lacquering or enamelling and is used as a support for a photographic emulsion, first used circa 1853-1856.

He also discusses his collection of old Polaroid film, some of which he used for his portraits, and treats like gold dust as well as his passion for his local market and the importance of supporting our local traders.

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Video © Metro Imaging

Image: Romanesco © Tif Hunter  

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