Tintype portraits of people who walked into my shopAug 07 2012 ·
Michael Shindler has a tintype portrait studio called Photobooth, on Valencia Street in San Francisco. Over the past year, about 3500 people came through the door, sit in front of the camera and have their portrait made. Some of them came looking for Michael and some just wandered in and asked what the artist was doing there. Either way, Michael did not choose whom he photographed, and he likes the exercise of being constantly confronted with new people and having to figure out what he finds interesting about them.
Michael prepares each tintype plate by hand and make a single exposure of each person (occasionally two, if he makes a mistake). The tintype is processed immediately so the subject can walk out the door with it about 15 minutes later.
Since each plate is a unique direct-positive, there is no negative and only one copy of the image exists. So, he scans them before he gives them away. But this is something he very much likes about tintypes: they are things, actual objects! And things are good.
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