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Arc de Triomphe & view of Paris from Eiffel Tower - Feb 76

No title, no date. London.

No title, no date. London.

No title, no date. London.

No title, no date. London.

No title, no date. Brighton.

No title, no date. Brighton.

'Alfred Webb', no date. London.

'Alfred Webb', no date. London.

No title, no date. London.

No title, no date. London.

Handsome photo booth stranger. Not title, no date. London.

Handsome photo booth stranger. Not title, no date. London.

Joni Sternbach takes pictures of surfers and the ocean using the old-school method of wet-plate collodion.

Her statement:

"SurfLand is an ongoing project of contemporary portraits of surfers created using the historic wet-plate collodion process. The photographs are a unique blending of subject matter and photographic technique. Using the instantaneous wet-plate collodion process, I am creating one-of-a-kind tintypes that are imbued with a feeling of ambiguity, timelessness and mystery.

Landscapes, seascapes, and the human imprint on these views has been my focus. Returning year after year to the same location has led me to examine the juncture between land and sea, exploring subject matter in a constant state of transition. Surfers are an integral part of this liminal state. I am fascinated by the physical and poetic way that they inhabit America’s watery landscapes..

I work with a large-format camera and wet process that must be prepared and developed on location. The procedure is elaborate and fortunately draws spectators as well as entices new subjects. Other subjects have found their way to me via surf websites, pro shops, and word-of-mouth. Once on location I compose carefully before sensitizing the plate. The very nature of collodion is spontaneous and unpredictable. It is precisely the raw quality of the process that suits the subject matter, giving it a distinctive appearance and echoing important traditions of nineteenth-century anthropological photography.

The photographs were shot on both coasts: Montauk’s Ditch Plains and Rhode Island on the East Coast as well as Malibu, Del Mar and Rincon beaches in California. SurfLand is a chronicle and celebration of these fascinating denizens of regional surf spots across the nation..”

You can buy Joni’s book via photoeye

Watch an interview with Joni here

Vivian Maier (1926-2009) never known to the world as a photographer and her photos were never shown publicly, in fact many of her films were not even developed. UNTIL John Maloof bought a box of negatives from her repossessed storage locker at a 2008 auction.

The beauty and greatness of her work is undeniable! 

Watch the Chicago Tonight clip here


Arc de Triomphe & view of Paris from Eiffel Tower - Feb 76

No title, no date. London.

No title, no date. London.

No title, no date. London.

No title, no date. London.

No title, no date. Brighton.

No title, no date. Brighton.

'Alfred Webb', no date. London.

'Alfred Webb', no date. London.

No title, no date. London.

No title, no date. London.

Handsome photo booth stranger. Not title, no date. London.

Handsome photo booth stranger. Not title, no date. London.

Joni Sternbach takes pictures of surfers and the ocean using the old-school method of wet-plate collodion.

Her statement:

"SurfLand is an ongoing project of contemporary portraits of surfers created using the historic wet-plate collodion process. The photographs are a unique blending of subject matter and photographic technique. Using the instantaneous wet-plate collodion process, I am creating one-of-a-kind tintypes that are imbued with a feeling of ambiguity, timelessness and mystery.

Landscapes, seascapes, and the human imprint on these views has been my focus. Returning year after year to the same location has led me to examine the juncture between land and sea, exploring subject matter in a constant state of transition. Surfers are an integral part of this liminal state. I am fascinated by the physical and poetic way that they inhabit America’s watery landscapes..

I work with a large-format camera and wet process that must be prepared and developed on location. The procedure is elaborate and fortunately draws spectators as well as entices new subjects. Other subjects have found their way to me via surf websites, pro shops, and word-of-mouth. Once on location I compose carefully before sensitizing the plate. The very nature of collodion is spontaneous and unpredictable. It is precisely the raw quality of the process that suits the subject matter, giving it a distinctive appearance and echoing important traditions of nineteenth-century anthropological photography.

The photographs were shot on both coasts: Montauk’s Ditch Plains and Rhode Island on the East Coast as well as Malibu, Del Mar and Rincon beaches in California. SurfLand is a chronicle and celebration of these fascinating denizens of regional surf spots across the nation..”

You can buy Joni’s book via photoeye

Watch an interview with Joni here

Vivian Maier (1926-2009) never known to the world as a photographer and her photos were never shown publicly, in fact many of her films were not even developed. UNTIL John Maloof bought a box of negatives from her repossessed storage locker at a 2008 auction.

The beauty and greatness of her work is undeniable! 

Watch the Chicago Tonight clip here


About:

I have dug these pictures out of suitcases, shoeboxes and drawers at fleamarkets, car boot sales, and second-hand shops. I chose them because I loved them for various reasons. The composition, the expression, the colour, the light, or the characters.

Some images are restless and they ask us to pay attention to the stories, both declarative and secretive, that they tell. Others linger on aesthetics, like composition (accidental or calculated), colours, and light.

Some possess a tenderness, might it be happy, sad or humorous. Other more simple landscapes pays attention to depths and lights, and furthermore, invigorates the intimacy between the photographer and the scene.

They are all very different, and from different periods in history. Yet many of them tell similar stories and to me they all share a truthfulness of a moment past.

I used to try and describe every single detail of what I loved about these photographs, and what drew me to them, but it just became ridiculous. Many of them are just beyond description – they're just flat out amazing.

I also include links to other old-school and vernacular photography books and things.
Talk to me @akhagnefur or email akhagnefur@gmail.com

// AKH
You can find my own photography here http://www.turnleftatorion.tumblr.com/

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