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Surfers Through a 19th-Century Lens

Joni Sternbach takes contemporary portraits of surfers using 19th-century photographic processes in her ongoing series, “SurfLand.”   

The photos are one-of-a-kind tintypes made with a large-format camera using a wet-plate collodion process, one made popular in the Untied States in Civil War–era photography. While the process can inspire nostalgia, Sternbach said she is more interested in bringing the process into the present day than mimicking the aesthetic of the past.

"I wasn’t interested in recreating something that had already occurred in the history of photography. I was more interested in creating a new topic of conversation about how can we use the materials and information from the history of photography to make new and wonderful images that we haven’t seen before," Sternbach said.

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