Instead Of Photographing Hollywood Celebrities With A DSLR, This Photographer Used A Vintage Camera
Shooting with old-timey cameras is all fine and dandy, but Victoria Will really merged the old with the new in her Sundance 2015 celebrity tintypes! Sundance Film Festival is the American indie cinema event, and tintype is an extremely old method of photography. It was used in the second half of the 19th century, required nasty chemicals to work, and each photo had to be developed in 8 minutes or less. Using help from an alternative photography non-profit Penumbra Foundation to develop the pictures, Victoria made 175 tintype plates (actually made of aluminum).
Victoria first attempt to do Sundance celebrity tintypes was back in 2014. She came back having learned from her experience, and more ready than ever. For one, tintypes require a very long exposure time – that’s why old timey people are somewhat stiff and non-smiling in portraits. To get around it, Victoria used extremely powerful modern flash heads that put out enough light to do the pictures almost immediately. Might have momentarily blinded a few celebrities, too.
Commenting on her work, Victoria said “What I love about the process is how raw it is,” says Victoria. “We live in an age of glossy magazines and overly retouched skin. But there is no lying with tintypes. You can’t get rid of a few wrinkles in Photoshop.”
Here, we have selected some that we consider to be the best of the shoot.
Bob Odenkirk, Breaking Bad
Kevin Bacon, X-Men: First Class
Leslie Bibb, Iron man
Jason Segel, How I met Your Mother
Lisa Kudrow, Friends
Jason Momoa, Game of Thrones, Conan: The Barbarian
Ewan McGregor, Star Wars
Jason Schwartzman, Grand Budapest Hotel
Zachary Quinto, Star Trek
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Patrick Wilson, The Conjuring
Vincent Cassel, Black Swan
James Franco, The Interview
James Marsden, X-Men
Spike Lee, Director, Malcolm X, 25th Hour
Chloe Rose, Degrassi
Jack Black, Nacho Libre
Hugo Weaving, Matrix, Lord of the Rings
Lena Dunham, Girls