Anti-selfies: tintypes make a minor comeback and reveal a lot
February 12, 2014 11:27 PM Subscribe
Wet-plate collodion photography
April Kilcrease wrote this gorgeous combination of essay and reporting for The Magazine
about tintypes and what these super-crisp, one-of-a-kind metal prints seemingly reveal. The emulsion is sensitive to blue light, which brings out wrinkles and capillaries, and thus shows what we perceive as more character in the face — more of the true nature of a person, seemingly. The photos are gorgeous, and April writes about how hard it is to accept them because they're unforgiving. You can't hide any imperfection, but that's also their advantage. She argues that a tintype is the anti-selfie because of the control you give up — and that they have a physical permanence. Not to mention the studio that have cropped up to make them take your portrait, rather than you snapping the picture yourself.
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