Rob Gibson shows some of the tin type photographs he created for the movie “Harriet.”

Pour the photographic plate. Prepare it with a quickly stiffening formula. Get the actor ready. Retrieve the plate while it’s still wet, and duck under the standing camera. Uncover the lens cap and make the image. Then rush back to the mobile dark room and expose it, all while using expensive chemicals, a few even deadly.

Rob Gibson has been through the process of developing tintype photography thousands of times. Still, the pressure gets a little intense in 110 degree heat at Berkeley Plantation outside of Richmond, Virginia, surrounded by Hollywood stars and crew.

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