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Field Trip: “Painted Tintypes” at MFA, Boston with Photographer Adam Davis

Join us for a meetup co-presented by Boston Ujima Project and hosted by photographer and art educator Adam Davis at “Painted Tintypes: Photography for the People,” on view at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston through October 15. Davis’s traveling tintype portrait project Black Magic has landed him back in Boston on residency with the Boston Ujima Project, and on Thursday, we will explore one of the original photography methods with an artist who is working at the frontier of the medium today.

Featuring around 40 tintypes spanning the mid-late 19th century through to the present day, the exhibition showcases the extension of creativity to the already scientific and tactile nature of the tintype medium, from additional painting to intricate framing.

This event is free with museum admission supported by MFA, Boston.

Limited to 20 attendees, RSVP required.

About Black Magic and Adam Davis

Black Magic is a multidisciplinary art project centering the Black image, Queerness, and Afrofuturism with wet plate collodion photography as the visual anchor. The project began in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic and has since evolved into an effort to create the largest contemporary archive of Black American and global diasporic tintype portraits. Since beginning, Davis has traveled to over 15 cities, collaborating with several institutions such as MOCA, NOMA, the Black Image Center, and more.

You can read more about Davis and his project, titled “Black Magic,” in a forthcoming interview in Issue 11: Emerge, set to release next month.



October 12, 2023




Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115 Meet outside the Huntington Street entrance at 7PM


FREE for 20 RSVPs Courtesy of MFA, Boston