An Interview With Tif Hunter - Tintypes and Polaroids 'On Maltby Street 2011'


Metro talks to photographer Tif Hunter on his recent exhibition 'On Maltby Street' and his fascinating use of Tintypes and the wet plate process.


Photographer Tif Hunter discusses his latest exhibition ‘On Maltby Street’ with Metro. Back in October 2011, Tif hunter 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.


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.