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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh fine arts major Erin Hoffman, of Oshkosh, received a grant from the Office of Student Research and Creative Activity (OSRCA) to fund her work using 19th century tintype photography through a modern queer lens.

“Back when (tintype photography) was originally starting, there weren’t a lot of queer people who were out,” Hoffman said. “So I’m looking back to use an older historic process to represent modern queer and trans identities.”

In order to purchase the materials needed to develop tintype photography, Hoffman applied for and received an academic year collaborative research grant from OSRCA.

“This grant has meant so much to me, because this project is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time,” Hoffman said.