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Using Photo Techniques Of Yesteryear In Today’s Modern Age

Using Photo Techniques Of Yesteryear In Today’s Modern Age

Michael Shindler employs old-school tintype photography to create one-of-a-kind portraits.

Anna Brillon

San Francisco-based photographer Michael Shindler showcases the age-old art of tintype photography in his studio-gallery, Photobooth. The technique, which was invented in France in the 1850s, captures direct positive images onto a thin metal sheet. The photographer then treats the metal plate with chemicals so the photo can be exposed and developed onto paper. The result is a black and white photo that offers a nostalgic but detailed view of the subject. Every photo taken is described by Shindler as similar to ‘soul-stealing.’

Shindler says that even in this modern age of digital photography, classical processing techniques can still be used and appreciated. In fact, Shindler’s Photobooth studio is open for interested clients who want to order unique tintype portraits of themselves.


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