the wax paper

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Michael, Howard, Ariana and Jon (clockwise from top)

Tintype photographs Margaret Muza

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"I strive to make photographs that last, are made well and thoughtfully, to be passed down as heirlooms for generations to come. I treasure my 8x10 camera from 1903, which works as well and gracefully today as it did over 100 years ago. I am attracted to the past and haunted by it as well. I often use subjects that remind me of another time, or who I think might go unnoticed, and try to use my process to show a side of themselves that perhaps they haven’t seen. I gravitate towards making portraits of modern humans with echoes of the past. With the wetplate photographic method, I focus on exhibiting the power of my subjects with a dynamic portrait or portrayal on tin or glass. I have fallen in love with the ritualistic nature of the many steps it takes to make each plate." margaretmuza.com