Travel Back In Time Through Photography In Toronto

on May 8, 2013


Whether you like to just appreciate pics or take them yourself, there is great photography in Toronto available to check out.

If you have the slightest fascination with history, photography, or are just looking for a unique experience, check out The Tintype Studio at the Campbell House Museum (160 Queen Street West, Toronto ON).

Every weekend through the month of May, as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, The Tintype Studio’s Occupational Portraits exhibition is on display. Inspired by the use of tintype photography in the 19th century, Occupational Portraits captures the skills, passion and dedication of people in contemporary trades.

But the neatest part of the experience is how the folks at The Tintype Studio navigate the distance between the past and present. Photography sessions stay true to the original process, as images are captured over a sheet of metal, then coated and varnished to create a lasting, one-of-a-kind portrait.

While getting your photo taken, ask about the images being “positives” instead of “negatives,” the way colour and UV light translates, or the use of collodion in the process – they’ll tell you all about it!


Drop in sessions (more information on the CONTACT website, and at

  • Sunday May 19 (12noon – 4:30pm)
  • Saturday May 25 (10am – 4:30pm)
  • Sunday May 26 (10am – 4:30pm)

Or, if you’re more of the hands-on type, intensive workshops are taking place on Saturday May 11 and 18.

Tintype photographs were popular from the mid 1800’s through the early 20th century. They are known for being more widely available than their predecessor, the daguerreotype – opening up the possibility to have a photograph taken, for a wider range of people.

The Campbell House is located on Queen Street West at University Avenue, just next to the Osgoode subway station, and on the 501 Queen street car route.