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In 2007, midway through her training as an art conservator, Melissa Cacciola found herself learning about tintype portraits. A nineteenth-century photographic process, popular especially during the Civil War, tintypes form on metal plates that have been treated with silver nitrate, ether, collodion, cyanide, and other chemicals. 

In recent years, Cacciola has made tintype portraits of soldiers, steelworkers, and brass-band musicians. Her new series, “Flip It and Reverse It,” focusses on New York City skateboarders.

See more of her portraits on newyorker.com.