Thursday, May 30, 2013

Collodion Tintype Portraits Created on Discarded Film Canisters

36 Exposures is a project of tintype photographs by Arizona-based photographer David Emitt Adams. Using a 19th-century photographic process known as wet-plate collodion, David created tintype portraits of the students on discarded 35mm film canisters. Each canister was flattened from a cylinder into a rectangle, and you’ll see a beautiful photograph created through the labor-intensive collodion process from the 19th century.
"In the piece 36 Exposures, I used 35mm film canisters discarded by my “Introduction to Photography” students as the metal base to hold their collodion tintype portraits. I employed this labor-intensive, 19th-century photographic process to make the students’ portraits on the very film canisters that played a crucial role in their initial understanding of photography. The entire series is housed in a mahogany display case, which I designed and built to reference and reinterpret the history of photographic display. The canisters and the process I used in this piece speak of my fascination with the evolving nature of photography, representation, and culture." David says of his work.














(36 Exposures by David Emitt Adams, via PetaPixel)

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