Remember Kimberly Malysheff, the charming Sock Monkey Woman? Well she’s back, and this time it’s not about sock monkeys.
Kimberly and I share a love for tintypes, which are photographs on metal and which were all the rage back in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Tintypes replaced daguerreotypes and ambrotypes, and made photography more accessible to the masses. They were cheaper and less fragile, so people started to lighten up a bit for photography. Sure, there are still lots of stern looking people in my antique tintype collection, but there are also touches of humour and more casual clothing, expressions and poses.
None of these photographic forms have completely died out. There are still working daguerreotypists and ambrotypists out there. Mike Robinson offers daguerreotype workshops in Toronto. And Kimberly, the Sock Monkey Woman, is offering a tintype workshop this summer right here in Ottawa!She’s also got an exhibit of her own tintype art happening at the Manx (370 Elgin Street) from May 11 to June 7. Her vernissage is this Sunday May 17 from 5pm to 7pm.