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 HathawayAnne Hathaway

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits - Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits - Kristen StewartKristen Stewart

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits - Jesse EisenbergJesse Eisenberg

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits - Anna KendrickAnna Kendrick

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits -Bill HaderBill Hader

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits - Jason SchwartzmanJason Schwartzman

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits - Jack McBrayerJack McBrayer

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

=Elle Fanning

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits - Glenn CloseGlenn Close

2014 Sundance TIn Type Portraits - Elijah WoodElijah Wood

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

Victoria Will: Website
via [Área Visual]

Pinar

Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at NBC Universal, Penguin Books, and the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other independent media companies. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies—anything from foreign art house films to mainstream blockbusters.
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