Using tintype, a type of photography popular during the Civil War, Drew captured images of American service members in Afghanistan. To create tintype photos, Drew had to create a direct positive on a thin plate of iron coasted with a lacquer or enamel. While the subject must remain perfectly still for several minutes for the image to display correctly, tintypes develop quickly.
Drew’s photos are the first tintypes taken in a combat zone since the Civil War. Each photo features a different subject, and they collectively depict war contrary to the public’s typical view of modern combat.
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