A photography pioneer in Rome, Tuminello was active from 1842 circa. Attracted to Republican liberalism, he escaped to Turin, where he lived from 1849 to 1869. Here he was devoted to views and portraits, and his clients were key exponents of the middle class in Turin. Between 1859 and 1861 he followed Orazio Antinori on his expeditions to Egypt and Sudan, creating an interesting series of calotype images. Tuminello, though an attentive experimenter of all photography techniques, obtained excellent results with the calotype he kept using for many years, praising its particular aesthetic qualities, even after more advanced techniques had gotten the upper hand.