Soldier creates Civil war-era Tintypes in Afghanistan


This year California Air National Guardsman Ed Drew got called to the Helmand Province in Afghanistan to serve a three month tour of duty. A couple months before, his second son was born and Drew thought about his own mortality.
If he was killed in duty, what could he leave for his son to remember him by? There was a chance this could happen considering Drew was an aerial gunner, manning a 50-caliber machine gun aboard an HH60-Pave Hawk search and rescue chopper. Drew decided to bring a large format Speed Graphic camera to shoot portraits of his fellow airman with the goal of capturing their humanity. And if he unexpectedly got killed, his son could see his work and know who he served with and how they knew him.

Tintype Photography- Time Warp to the 1800’s

Through another serendipitous series of events, the Visual News Van ended up surrounded by talent and new friends at Maine Media Workshops (MMW) in Rockport, Maine. Taylor McIntosh, who is a teaching assistant on the campus, gave us a tip to meet former MMW grad, Matt Cosby on our way back down South to New Hampshire and we were fascinated with his use of an old photography technique, known as tintyping.