Vintage Print Photography

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Most of us have visited amusement parks, like Disney World, and most of us have seen photo stands where for a fee patrons can don costumes representing the Old West, Ancient Rome, The Roaring Twenties among others as well as religious personalities. This is known as Old Time Photography.

Most cities where history has played a part have similar photo attractions. This phenomena is not only localized to the United States, it is also popular in some parts of Europe, Italy and Spain to be more precise. These images were usually taken with black & white film that added to the nostalgic feel of the photograph. Today however the majority of this work is being done in a digital format and then edited to add a Sepia tone.

Old Time Photography is also known as novelty photography. But what once was an exclusive technique to be used at historic and tourist attractions has slowly been evolving to a more serious photography driven genre.

There are studios which specialize in this technique offering clients the opportunity of having professional quality photographs taken in era type clothing, very similar to Cosplay Photography.

Many of these photographs are seen in art galleries and on photography oriented publications. This technique allows some to pretend as it were. Well done high quality old time photography is very dependent on the quality and realism of the costumes so some quality studios also count with the services of custom tailors and some even have historians on their payroll.

There are even organizations dedicated to this technique which supply both the consumers and the professionals with everything needed to procreate this genre. See www.oldtimephotos.org for more information.

To get involved in this style as a professional you will not only need the normal photographic gear but you will need a location as well, and several era type costumes. With the right combination of quality costumes, talent, good marketing and advertisement it would not be that difficult to make a living with this technique.

If opening your own studio and going into business for yourself, then there are plenty of contests and several publications to which you will be able to submit your work. This technique is also growing in popularity for special events such as old time theme weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and special events.

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Vintage prints is not a photography style or technique. This term refers to the first image printed from a negative. This first print is considered the original work of art, because you can arbitrarily make as many copies as you want from this single negative.

The first original print made from a negative is often signed by the photographer and are most in demand by art galleries who specialize in this type of photography and the general art industry where these prints are referred to as old prints often placed in the same category as lithographs.

There is a market for vintage prints, but except for the work of established major names in the photography industry, the main sought after specimens are from the early 1800's or before and they are referred to as old master prints.

The most expensive examples are of city scapes, famous celebrities, sports,sports figures, politicians, and events. Some photography publications and book publishers can also be buyers of vintage prints.

© 2011 Luis E Gonzalez

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Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

Another wonderful hub chock full of info. I love vintage and didn't think about it being a modern day art form. doh!


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H P Roychoudhury 5 years ago from Guwahati, India

It is nice hear-"Vintage prints is not a photography style or technique" . There is more to learn for us.Thanks.


marellen 5 years ago

I remember doing this years ago and it was sure fun dressing up like the wild west figures. Good and informative hub.


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Radioguy 5 years ago from Maine

I love vintage photos and really enjoyed this hub! Thanks!


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neakin 5 years ago

Great Hub! I love Vintage Prints!! You should see some of my Great Grandmothers and my Grandmothers! They are awesome! Thanks again for a wonderful Hub!!


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ChristineVianello 5 years ago from Philadelphia

Love vintage photography! Great hub.


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Skarlet 4 years ago from California

Excellent hub. You are a very good writer.

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