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Gibson's Photographic Gallery

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Address: 65 Steinwehr Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2811
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+1 717-337-9393

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Tintype Photo

We stopped here to have a old time photo taken in our period clothes and were not disappointed. Our photos turned out awesome. We are already making plans to have another taken.

Reviewed 6 February 2017
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped here to have a old time photo taken in our period clothes and were not disappointed. Our photos turned out awesome. We are already making plans to have another taken.

Thank RFissel
Lititz, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

This was such a unique opportunity to learn the historical process of 19th century photography and walk away with the results. Starting with a piece of tin, Rob Gibson explained the entire process, which culminated an hour later in a tintype picture of us in Civil War era garb. The gallery's walls are covered with Gibson's photos of everyone from... More 

1 Thank pamimi4
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

This experience was the best part our trip to Gettysburg! Mr. Gibson explained the whole process step by step & my kids especially enjoyed hearing how pictures were done in the 1800's. He had all the costumes at his studio & it was authentic down to the accessories. We had to sit still for 18 seconds just like over 150... More 

1 Thank LizzyLaura7
Exeter, Rhode Island
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Having a photo made was so much fun to do because the whole process was fascinating. This is no digital camera stuff. This is the real deal like they used back in the 1800's with the chemical process and plate glass or tin-type photo. Rob works his magic and within a few minutes you have an authentic piece of art... More 

Thank Tami R
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623 reviews
272 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We had the pleasure of being photographed by Mr Gibson. He was very patient with us and my little one. He explained the process and gave us options. He went through the costumes with us and helped us get dressed. We had the options of confederate or Union or civilian. I had an option of day dress or ball gown.... More 

1 Thank Arch L
Oswego, New York
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 October 2016

This was an experience in a lifetime well worth the money to walk away with a piece of art. Rob is very flexible just a phone call away he will open up his shop. He is a personable ,excellent photographer and a teacher explaining the process. The picture is processed on a tin plate as your negative then can be... More 

Shelburne, Vermont
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162 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

A visit to Mr. Gibson's studio is a truly unique experience. Mr. Gibson is a professional and he will work with you to achieve your goal for the photograph. The authentic 1860's camera and equipment along with Rob's experience and eye for detail will provide you with a one of a kind keepsake. In addition, Rob explains and demonstrates the... More 

Thank VTBrigade
Chicago, Illinois
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97 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016

You HAVE to go here if you're going to be in Gettysburg! Robert Gibson has been doing this for a long time, he's a professional who's even been to the White House to take his unique photos! He uses an authentic 1860s camera and shows you every step of the process. He is committed to authenticity, he picks out correct... More 

1 Thank Sheridan S
1 review
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

A++++, Fantastic staff, AMAZING finished product. The photographer took his time to explain the entire photo process and showed us how the chemicals changed and produced plate.

Thank DaddyO A
Staunton, Virginia
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

Not the cheap imitation digital studios. You pay for it, but they dress everyone, position everybody perfectly, take the image, and give you a lesson in historic photography. Why do photography paper when tintype or ambrotype is an option. Their eye for details gives you instant (ok, couple hours) family histories. The only advice: go with patience; it's art...thus can't... More 

3 Thank jatkins702

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