First photograph (not tintype) 1835. Tintypes were popular because they were simple enough to make that itinerant photographers could make a living traveling and selling their services. Cameras and development paraphernalia were much more involved and cumbersome.
I agree with your methodology for forming an opinion on images. It's not a science.
In this case I don't think there's that much of a difference in the orientation of the head with respect to the lens. I think it's about as good a match as is likely between two photos of the same guy.
The expressions on the face appear to be different--this could account for mouth differences and the level of the focal point of the subject's eyes.
I think the match is pretty good all things considered, but I would not say the match is perfect enough to take a definite stand on the ID.
I don't know how many people have seen this image today since it's somewhat buried in an old thread that's been resurrected over on True West. The person who posted it says it was in the possession... more
Chris, Not sure what you meant by "check," but 1/ the hats are different. 2/ there's no way to conclude the lad on the left is short without knowing the height of the lad on the right. If the latter... more
Uhhh... The one on the right is a tintype with the image reversed. The one on the left may be a photograph with the image not reversed. It looks sharper than the tintype and more like a regular... more
Jerry, I think (and I may be wrong but I'm fairly sure) that the comparison photo I posted shows Billy and the new guy as they posed in life. Fortunately, the other guy in the new photo is wearing... more
invention of photography Jerry Lobdill,Sat Apr 21 08:08
I think the two photos (1 tintype) look quite a lot alike. Several years ago Scientific American or the Smithsonian Magazine did an analysis of the BTK Photo and a photo of Brushy Bill of Hico,Texas... more
One of the BTK documentaries did a similar analysis (maybe the same one you referenced?) and came to the same conclusion. The authenticated tintype (which some actually doubt is really BTK) shows a... more
Dan, Thanks for responding! It's always interesting to hear other people's take on these images. I was just going thru and checking off a quick list of similarities that I thought of off the top of... more
Thanks for your input. Is your speciality facial recognition? If so, that is great that someone is doing some scientifically based analysis of these images. I had just posted over on the TW board... more
Thanks Chris, I've sort of been watching the posts on the Billy The Kid photo(s) over on True West and Chris was right in bringing it here (and elsewhere?) for examination. It certainly is not being... more
Jeff, Thanks for your response! I certainly respect the work you've done on Soapy Smith and appreciate your input as someone who has "been there and done that", unlike myself and many others who... more
Chris, This would not be the first time someone launched a questioned photo of a famous person, alleging an intriguing provenance, only to back off on the provenance as scrutiny heightened. Happens a ... more