Friday, September 18, 2009

Joni Sternbach Surfland Exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum

A little background:

Joni Sternbach (b. 1953, United States) graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in photography and completed her Master of Arts degree at New York University and the International Center of Photography in 1987. She has taught for many years and is currently a faculty member at ICP teaching wet plate collodion. Sternbach’s solo museum exhibition SurfLand  opened at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA in May, capturing portraits of surfers in tintype.

Tintype, also melainotype and ferrotype, is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a sheet of metal, usually iron or steel that is blackened by painting, laquering or enamelling and is used as a support for a collodion photographic emulsion.
Photographers usually worked outside at fairs, carnivals etc. and as the support of the tintype (there is no actual tin used) is resilient and does not need drying, instant photographs can be produced only a few minutes after taking the photograph

Civil War era tintype:

Steamboat Rock.
Photos Courtesy “Wisconsin Historical Society: and “H.H. Bennett Studio & History Center.”

Now look at these; taken at Montauk 2 Summers ago:

Cool huh?

Check it out, you only have until October 4th!