National Geographic : 2004 Oct
ELKO, NEVADA TINTYPES These photographs are tintypes, a process developed in the 19th century as an alternative to the costlier daguerreotype. The popular technique, often used to photograph cowboys and Civil War soldiers, produces an image on a blackened sheet of iron coated with light-sensitive material.Though faster than a daguerreotype, it requires poses of several seconds. The resulting positive images appear backward, as in a mirror. SAME TOWN, DIFFERENT WORLDS Ashley Riggs (above) is growing up on the 200,000-acre Maggie Creek Ranch, where her father is cow boss. The home-schooled 16-year-old likes to ride and pitches In at branding time, but her passion is period costume design. Prostitutes (left) from one of Elko's five legal brothels stand in front of the Commercial Hotel Casino. Tourists from around the country take cheap casino planes to the city to sample Elko's diversions.