Exhibit | From Tintypes to .TIFFs - Life through the Lens
From the early days of 19th century daguerreotypes and tintypes to current digital images captured on smartphones, photographers have documented human life and the world around us in vivid detail. The technologies and processes they use have changed dramatically over the years, but the desire to capture a moment with some degree of permanence remains the same. Trace the evolution of photographic processes and subject matter through the Special Collections Research Center’s holdings of amateur and professional photography, including Civil War-era tintypes; late 19th century cartes de visite; Vietnam war photographs from a U.S. military advisor, and prints from Richard Nixon’s official White House photographer, among many others. Examples of photographic tools from various eras will also be on display.