Lecture, demonstrations on tintype photography scheduled in Franklin

FRANKLIN — The history and science that has led to the modern day photography as we know it can be traced back to the middle ages.

The practical process of capturing an image began in 1829 by a Frenchman named Louis Daguerre who has been given the credit as the inventor of the process. Later another process to capture images was patented by Hamilton Smith in 1856. Smith’s process was called tintypes. Today photography has progressed to the use of digital cameras and computers and the use of film in cameras is nearly obsolete.

Bruce Schultz will make a presentation on Tintype Photography and will demonstrate the process to the audience at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Young-Sanders Center for the Study of the War Between the States in Louisiana, 701 Teche Drive in Franklin.

Schultz uses the same chemicals and methods that 19th century photographers utilized. “I’m happy to answer questions about the process, and enjoy telling people how photography evolved.”

Tintype photography was popular during the War Between the States.

Schultz’s interest in photography began more than 30 years ago, while a student at LSU working for the yearbook and newspaper. He later became a reporter at the Alexandria Daily Town Talk, where he also took photos. Then he worked at the Shreveport Times as a photographer, and later moved to Lafayette to head up the Acadiana bureau for the Baton Rouge Advocate where he worked for 23 years. Now Schultz works for the LSU AgCenter Communications Department, writing and photographing Louisiana agriculture.

The Young-Sanders Center is located one block from the St. Mary Parish Courthouse. There is no fee to attend and refreshments will be served. For further information contact director Roland R. Stansbury at 337-413-1861 or by email at ysc1861@aol.com.

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