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

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.’

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