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Tintype central’s pop-up photography studio at the Sarjeant on the Quay.

Photographer Adrian Cook produces captivating images of his subjects using 100% authentic 19th-century wet plate techniques.

Using equipment and techniques developed in the 1850s, photographic plates are individually coated and sensitised in the darkroom before being exposed and developed while wet. Once fixed, washed and dried they are then coated in a gum sandarac varnish that preserves and protects them for generations.

Participating in a tintype session and watching the alchemic process as images appear on the plate, is totally captivating; an experience that few people now have had the opportunity to witness. Following the session, the one-off, original portrait will be varnished before you receive it along with a complimentary digital file of your image at a later date.

Come along to learn about the wet plate collodion process on the following dates and book in for a special portrait session of your own!

Saturday 29 October and Sunday 30 October between 10.30am and 4pm

Portrait sessions are $150. Sessions last 45 minutes. Limit of 2 people per plate.

Bookings are essential, as the sessions per day are limited. Cash Only.

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Plates will be posted to clients when varnished & cured, a week or so after their session.

Session Duration

  • 45 minutes


  • $150


  • Sat 29 Oct — Sun 30 Oct


  • 10:30 am — 4:30 pm


  • 38 Taupo Quay
  • Whanganui 4500