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Tintype Portraits of Celebrities at the Sundance Film Festival

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TINTYPE COPYRIGHT OF VICTORIA WILL

Photographer Victoria Will captured portraits of celebrities at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Instead of using her DSLR, however, Will decided to pick up an old Graflex Super D camera and create aluminum tintype portraits of the actors and actresses.

Photographer Victoria Will with the Graflex Super D she used for her celebrity portraits.
Photographer Victoria Will with the Graflex Super D she used for her celebrity portraits.

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The photographs took a lot of work to make, but the effort paid off in the end: Will has received many accolades for the tintypes that resulted.

“What I love about the process is how raw it is,” Will tells Profoto. “We live in an age of glossy magazines and overly retouched skin. But there is no lying with tintypes. You can’t get rid of a few wrinkles in Photoshop.”

Here’s a behind-the-scenes video by Profoto showing how Will combined old school camera gear with modern lighting equipment to create her images:

Here are some of the tintypes that Will created this year at Sundance:

Robert Redford
Robert Redford
Kevin Bacon
Kevin Bacon
Spike Lee
Spike Lee
Judith Godrèche
Judith Godrèche
Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor
James Marsden
James Marsden
Olivia Thirlby
Olivia Thirlby
Hugo Weaving
Hugo Weaving
Maddison Brown
Maddison Brown
Vincent Cassel
Vincent Cassel
Nick Nolte
Nick Nolte
Jason Sudeikis
Jason Sudeikis
Slash
Slash
Jason Momoa
Jason Momoa
Ethan Hawke
Ethan Hawke
Julianne Nicholson
Julianne Nicholson
Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith
Bob Odenkirk
Bob Odenkirk

If you’d like to learn more about this photographic process itself, Will has shared a lengthy explanation of how the tintypes are created over on Profoto’s blog. You can also find more of these portraits over on Will’s website.


Image credits: Photographs by Victoria Will and used with permission

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