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2014 Calendar of Events

3 years, 4 months ago News Comments Off on 2014 Calendar of Events

Drew Tanner Photography is taking the show on the road once again, with 16 living history events, Civil War reenactments, and more, in 6 states between April and November. Advance appointments for portrait sittings are welcome and encouraged. Send me a message noting the event and your preferred time. Tintypes and ambrotypes are available in sizes ranging from sixth plate to half plate. Stereo views or a set of 4 carte de visit tintypes are available as well. April 5-6: […]

First plates of the season

4 years, 4 months ago News Comments Off on First plates of the season

Over the weekend of April 13 and 14, I had the pleasure of making my first plates of the season at the historic Endview Plantation, in Newport News, Virginia, where reenactors marked the 150th anniversary of Gen. Wise’s attacks on Williamsburg. Scenes from the reenactment can be viewed on Endview Plantation’s facebook page. The site’s education director invited me to give a demonstration and talk about mid-19th-century photography on Sunday morning. Several folks attended the talk, which I hosted at […]

Events for 2013

4 years, 5 months ago News Comments Off on Events for 2013

Some great events are on the calendar for 2013. Come have your portrait made! If you’d like schedule an appointment during one of the events below, please contact me. April 13-14     Williamsburg, VA – Endview Plantation – 150th Anniversary of Wise’s Attacks on Williamsburg April 19-21     Tazwell, VA  – Crab Orchard Museum – Skirmish at Jeffersonville May 3-5          Beverly, WV – 150th Imboden and Jackson Raids May 17-18     Sacramento, KY – Battle of Sacramento May 25   […]

Recent ink

4 years, 11 months ago News Comments Off on Recent ink

A couple of well-written articles about my adventures in tintypes and wet plate collodion photography have been published recently. The first was by friend and Pocahontas Times co-worker Jaynell Graham, in the paper’s Mountain Times quarterly supplement. The second is written by Megan Moriarty for the online journal Toad: Drew Tanner takes old-fangled pictures. By that I mean he works with wet plate collodion photography, a style that was born in the 1800s and involves the slow, meditated process of […]

Schedule for Summer and Fall 2012

5 years, 3 months ago News Comments Off on Schedule for Summer and Fall 2012

Lots of wet plate collodion action happening this summer and fall at various reenactments and living history events. You can find me making photographs like its 1999 1862 at the following events. May 19 & 20: West Virginia Black Powder Shootout, Putam County Gun Club, Eleanor, W.Va. June 2: Harrisonburg Court & Market Days Festival, Turner Pavilion & Park, Harrisonburg, Va. June 20: West Virginia Day, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Cass, W.Va. July 6 & 7: Pioneer Days, Pocahontas […]

Daily Mail interview

5 years, 8 months ago News Comments Off on Daily Mail interview

Monica Orosz, of the Charleston Daily Mail, recently spoke with me about my foray into the world of wet-plate collodion photography. Thanks to Michael Buttrill, of Bootstraps Farm in Renick, for the only photos I currently have of myself actually working with the process. CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Pocahontas County writer and photographer Drew Tanner has plenty of modern technological amenities at hand to do his job. They make it fast and easy to take digital images and upload them immediately […]

Elemental Photography opens at Carnegie

5 years, 9 months ago News Comments Off on Elemental Photography opens at Carnegie

My solo exhibit, Elemental Photography: Light, Silver, Iron, opens at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg this Saturday. The exhibit features 16 black and white prints from my study of Honeycomb Rocks (Gauley Mountain) and some 40 tintypes and alumitypes. This is a much-expanded version of the exhibit that was recently on display at the Hillsboro Library. Thanks so much to Lynn Creamer and the great folks at Carnegie Hall for the opportunity to share this work. Thanks to the many folks […]


5 years, 10 months ago News Comments Off on Welcome

Welcome to the new home of Drew Tanner Photography. This site had been mothballed for a while, but with the advent of a few new projects, I realized it was time to tidy the place up a bit and get ready for company. Please, take a look around, peruse the galleries, and drop me a line. And come back soon; I’ll be adding more of my work as I get my act together. I’ve been so busy working on sites for […]