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Gibson's Photographic Gallery

Original Wet Plate Photography

65 Steinwehr Avenue
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717-337-9393 
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Hours: Most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 11-5 or By Appointment
Rob Gibson and his Cameras

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A True Artist

World renowned photographer Rob Gibson is a master of the photographic process used during the American Civil War. He and his work have appeared in numerous television productions and motion pictures.  His demonstrations have been featured at the Smithsonian and The White House Press Corps.

Rob Gibson's reasearch and pioneering work in the revival of the wet plate technique lead to a renewal of interest in Civil War era photography. His work has appeared in many movies and documentaries. Many of his subjects are famous, such as Bob Dylan and Roger Daltry.

Natural Skylight Studio

Rob Gibson and his wife, Dee, invite you to sit under the studio skylight and have your tintype or glass plate photograph made with the same process used during the 1860s. Even their cameras date back to the Civil War. The Gibson Photographic Gallery has a collection of lenses, actually from the 1800's, that have been used to photograph many people during that time period.

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Your Character or Yourself

Tell us what you want to see. We work with you to bring out your natural self as you may have been during he 1800s. Perhaps you have a fantasy of what you could have been like - soldier, sailor, socialite, Scarlet O'Hara, spy, politician, plantation owner, upper class woman or working girl. You can even come in your own reenactment clothes or costume.

All Eras

We accomodate all eras. There are many, actual, mid-1800s photographs of actors and actresses portraying other time periods, most notably characters from Shakespearean plays. People of that era played "dress up" and were often photographed in their costumes or as bears or gorillas. Bring it in and we will work with you.

Gibson Artistry


We fit right into the Steampunk concept and we love the perspective that comes from a "what if" scenario. We can work with your props and help you create your carte de visite.

Victorian Era

Wet-plate photography was used through most of the Victorian Era. To get just the right effect in your portrait, Rob Gibson will use the poses, camera angles, and positioning that characterized Victorian photography.

Costumes at the Studio

Of course you'll be provided with authentic wardrobe and period accessories.  The Rob Gibson Collection of costumes includes a variety of apparel suitable for men, women and children, focising on the mid-1800s.  There are civilian and military items, with a wide variety of hats and accent details that bring your photograph to life. When you put on these costumes, you will begin to assume another part of yourself that perhaps you haven't discovered, yet.

Image, Prints and Frames

All photos start as a tintype or glass plate. This is the "film". It is also a finished picture.

Yes, you can bring your own wardrobe and props.

There is no charge for additional people in the photo. There is no wardrobe fee for up to four people in the photo. There is a ten dollar fee for each additional person we have to dress above four people.

Please call ahead for appointments. Walk-ins are welcome when openings are available.

Open most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am - 5:30pm. Gallery hours are flexible. Because of scheduling of film shoots or seminars, the Gallery may be closed. Calling ahead ensures that the Gallery is open for your portrait. It is also possible that odd hours and location shoots can be accomodated for an additional fee.

Please allow up to one hour for a sitting. Everything will be ready for pick up the same day with the exeption of the Fourth of July and Remembrance Day.

The Gallery accepts Visa, MasterCard, money orders, traveller's checks, cash and personal checks with proper ID.

Archival prints can be made from your image, and your likeness can even be framed.


  • 1/4 (2 3/4" x 3 1/4") - $55
  • 1/6 (3 1/4" x 4 1/4") - $65
  • Full (5" x 7") - $75

Glassplates: Add $10


  • 5" x 7" - $25
  • 8" x 10" - $30
  • Imperial 12" x 16" - $85
  • 4 CDVs (wallet size) - $30
  • 8 CDVs (wallet size) - $50

Print Packages:

  • Standard Package - $50
    • (1) 5" x 7"
    • (4) CDVs
  • Deluxe Package
    • (1) 8" x 10"
    • (2) 5" x 7"
    • (4) CDVs

Collage of Photographs by Gibson

Rob Gibson Photography

In every person there is an old soul that longs to be expressed. Whether it is a reflection of a person's past life experiences or the shared cultural traditions that arise out of a natural association with history, there is a spirit that lingers from the past. Rob Gibson's gift is that he can see that ancient soul in people. He can go back to their core and bring out what lies dormant and express it in his artistry.

The Process is Important

Using the actual techniques from the mid-1800's, those images cast back the impression and mood of the time of the Civil War. In the hands of Rob Gibson, your inner life comes out and becomes a part of your secret self that has remained unseen. Perhaps you will see a "portrayal" that has not been in front of you in your mirror. It will be a powerful experience.
"Watching Gibson work is like looking over the shoulder of Matthew Brady."
The camera lens he uses is authentic, belonging previously to a Civil War photographer named Walzl and may well have photographed Jefferson Davis, John Mosby, and the Confederate capital.  Gibson's methods are authentic and true to the art as well.  "We try to make the entire process as authentic as possible... we are sticklers for authenticity."
On the Lecture Circuit

Rob Gibson's love of art, wet plate photography and authenticity has put him in demand to give demonstrations and lecture at the Smithsonian Institution, the White House News Photographers Association, and the Museum of the Confederacy. He has the uncanny ability to transport his audiences through time with the magic of his artistic skills, and his technical knowledge of antique photography.

Gibson's Photographic Gallery Slideshow 

 Film and Television 

He has appeared on and done consulting work for PBS, the History Channel, and A&E networks. His photographs have appeared in the movies "Cold Mountain", "Gods and Generals", and "An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge."  His photographs have been seen in Civil War Times, American Profile, and numerous documentaries and films.  He has become widely recognized as one of the foremost experts on wet-plate photography in the world.

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Gibson's Photographic Gallery is the perfect place for Civil War, Steampunk, Victorian, wet-plate photography done in the historic manner for an authentic old time, artistic look.

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Gibson's Photographic Gallery

Original Wet Plate Photography

65 Steinwehr Avenue
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717-337-9393 
Email :
Address Map  |  Driving Directions


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