Dramatic Tintype Portraits of Contemporary Celebrities

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits -  Mark Ruffalo

Initially created for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, New York-based photographer Victoria Will’s Tintypes series features portraits of numerous celebrities that uses an old technique for film development involving a thin sheet of iron coated with a collodion emulsion. The monochromatic renderings, which are produced through the dated method of film processing (most popular in the mid-to-late 19th century), add a dramatic and aged effect to the contemporary actors.

Each unique portrait in Will’s series is, essentially, a one-of-a-kind. The wet-plate tintypes require the photographer to move quickly for each shot. Like in their original practice, centuries ago, Will had to coat her piece of iron with the enamel containing silver halide crystals and expose it while it was still wet. Through this time-sensitive process, the photographer was able to produce images with an underexposed and textured effect that reminds viewers of an age before sound was ever combined with film. These modern-day actors are suddenly transformed into silent era performers.

Above: Mark Ruffalo

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits - Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits - Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits - Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits - Jesse Eisenberg
Jesse Eisenberg

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits - Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits -Bill Hader
Bill Hader

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits - Jason Schwartzman
Jason Schwartzman

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits - Jack McBrayer
Jack McBrayer

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits - Michael C. Hall
Michael C. Hall

Elle Fanning

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits - Glenn Close
Glenn Close

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits - Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits - William H. Macy
William H. Macy

Victoria Will: Website
via [Área Visual]

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