Kary Janousek

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Kary Janousek is a prairie transplant. She found herself living in Fargo, North Dakota with an entrepreneurial spirit and a love of all things vintage. It was only natural that she found wet plate photography (or it found her) and has created a thriving business as an ambrotypist and tintypist in the mold of Orlando Scott Goff and Evelyn Cameron.

Kary has previously been a Curator’s Pick at curated.



After sitting for a portrait in spring of 2019 I decided I wanted to learn this Victorian form of photography for myself.

I created my first Ambrotype using the wet plate collodion process in September 2019. 

In July of 2021, I opened my natural light studio in the Dakota Business College building in downtown Fargo. Here I book private sittings and I host walk-in portrait days twice a month and take commission work. As a self-taught milliner, I repair and restore vintage and antique hats for my online business HighHatCouture which I have had since 2012. I have lived in the Fargo/Moorhead community since 2004 with my husband John Janousek. 


Website: highhatportraiture.com
Instagram: @oldschoolcollodion

~ Posted by Mark Walton