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Robb Kendrick
Spur, Texas
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Robb Kendrick works at two photographic extremes, one in the present, one in the past.

He has won acclaim in the fields of journalism and advertising, using the most technologically advanced digital cameras to shoot for major publications like National Geographic and Life and for ad clients such as Texas Tourism and Eddie Bauer. At the other end of the spectrum is his passion for historical photographic processes, most notably tintypes, which have resulted in a celebrated book and photos that are highly sought by art galleries.

Over his 22-year career, Kendrick, a native of Spur, Texas, has traveled to 76 countries on assignment and has completed 16 stories for National Geographic in 16 of those years. His most recent National Geographic story was "A People Apart: The Tarahumara Indians of Northern Mexico," November 2008. His other stories have covered such subjects as world food supply, global fishing, perfume making around the world, the cultural significance of rice, Guantanamo Bay, Sherpas of the Himalayas and the restoration of a historic base in Antarctica.

As much as he loves shooting with his 35mm camera, Kendrick's true passion has become wet plate photography on tin, known as tintype, a technique used during the mid-19th century. The tintype photos that Kendrick produces are each one of a kind as they are all handmade from start to finish. His most recent wet plate photo project is “Still: Cowboys at the Start of the 21st Century,” a National Geographic story that appeared in December 2007 and a book by University of Texas Press. It looks at cowboys and their regional differences throughout Mexico and North America.

Kendrick recently moved to San Miguel de Allende, a colonial town in central Mexico. Kendrick and his wife, writer Jeannie Ralston, are proud parents of two boys, Gus Hawkins Kendrick and Jeb McCoy Kendrick, who attend a bilingual school in San Miguel.

Signed books of Robb's tintypes are available at or unsigned through