Project Barbatype is a collaborative effort of a dedicated group of individuals who have each committed their time, skills, money, and energy to get Project Barbatype started and keep it running.
Scott Hilton started photographing in high school. He has a BA in Art with a concentration in Photography from the University of Nevada, Reno, and an MFA in Creative Photography from California State University, Fullerton. He currently teaches photography as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Scott began working with hand-made photo processes while in grad school, and started making tintypes in 2009. He reluctantly admits it was nearly three years later until he actually knew what he was doing.
Bryan Wing retired from competitive bearding in 2011, after receiving numerous "Honorable Mention" awards for his facial hair achievements.
He earned an AA in Photography from Collin College in Plano, TX, and is currently pursuing a BA in Photography from Texas Woman's University.
Scott and Bryan met when Scott was teaching a darkroom photography class at Collin College in Plano, TX, and Bryan was the evening lab technician. Project Barbatype was born in a conversation when Scott mentioned his efforts at perfecting tintype portrait techniques, and Bryan mentioned his thought of doing a photo project on Beard and Moustache Competitors. A partnership was formed, and continues to roll on.
Garrett Harlan received a BFA in Art and Illustration from the Art Institute of Boston and later went on to receive a certificate in Design at Collin College in Plano, TX in 2012. During his time at Collin College, he met Scott Hilton, who introduced him to the world of traditional photography, and Bryan Wing, a school photo lab co-worker. Through these connections, he became another member of Project Barbatype, lending his design and illustration experience to the project’s book layout and design.
Kelly Wittenberg is a film-maker and Assistant Professor of Film at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. She received a BA in Art-Video from the University of Nevada, Reno, and an MFA in Film from Syracuse Univeristy. She and Scott have been friends for 25 years.
Kelly joined Project Barbatype to help document the Whiskermania! competition in Louisville, KY in July 2015, and is in production of a short film highlighting the Beard Competition events and the work of Project Barbatype.