Project Barbatype
Scott Hilton & Bryan Wing

Martin McDonald Gallery

September 7 – October 27, 2018

Project Barbatype began with a conversation in the darkroom of Collin College in Plano, TX in the spring of 2014. Scott was an instructor who had been working with tintypes for a few years, with a growing interest in portraiture. Bryan was a photo lab tech, and former beard competitor, with an ambition to make a book. An idea was spontaneously generated- to join forces, and make it happen.

Project Barbatype is a collaborative effort of a dedicated group of individuals who have each committed their time, skills, money, and energy to get Project Barbatype started and keep it running.

Scott Hilton started photographing in high school. He has a BA in Art with a concentration in Photography from the University of Nevada, Reno, and an MFA in Creative Photography from California State University, Fullerton. He currently teaches photography as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington. Scott began working with hand-made photo processes while in grad school, and started making tintypes in 2009. He reluctantly admits it was nearly three years later until he actually knew what he was doing.

Bryan Wing retired from competitive bearding in 2011, after receiving numerous "Honorable Mention" awards for his facial hair achievements. He earned an AA in Photography from Collin College in Plano, TX, and is currently pursuing a BA in Photography from Texas Woman's University.

Scott and Bryan met when Scott was teaching a darkroom photography class at Collin College in Plano, TX, and Bryan was the evening lab technician.  Project Barbatype was born in a conversation when Scott mentioned his efforts at perfecting tintype portrait techniques, and Bryan mentioned his thought of doing a photo project on Beard and Moustache Competitors.  A partnership was formed, and continues to roll on.