Tintype Photography Demonstration with Rachel Portesi

January 21, Thursday, 7 p.m.

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Photographer Rachel Portesi demonstrates the process she used to create the tintype photographs in the exhibit Hair Portraits.

Each photograph is the result of a 26-second exposure directly onto a thin sheet of metal that has been painted black, then coated in emulsion to make it light-sensitive. The plate is immediately developed and placed in fixer, where the image appears. This archaic way of making “instant pictures” appealed to Portesi after she spent many years of shooting Polaroids, until the film became unavailable. (Now, thanks to The Impossible Project, Polaroid film is once again a possibility, though Portesi’s beloved Polaroid 667 black and white film has yet to be remade.)