Tintype takes Sundance Film Festival by storm; photographer discusses motivation, challenges


posted Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 2:18 PM EST


Portrait and commercial photographer Victoria Will does a lot of professional work using modern equipment, however she also utilizes tintype photography to capture portraits. For the last few years at Sundance Film Festival, Will has been set up in a makeshift portrait studio to capture photos of various actors.

She has tried different setups over the years, working hard to make images that capture the actors during her limited time with them. One year, for example, she created a set of portable fabric backgrounds that she could swap out depending on how people were dressed.

In 2015, she attended Photoville in Brooklyn and she had a tintype portrait made of herself. She knew then that it's an "amazing process" and she wanted to utilize it for her portaits at the next Sundance Film Festival. Will had to learn the method quickly in the several months prior to the festival. Having been hired to shoot digital portraits -- and wanting to make sure she was able to make images in case the tintype experiment didn't pan out -- Will shot both digital and tintype simultaneously. You can see her discuss the portraits below.

To see more of Victoria Will's work, visit her website and follow her on Instagram. You can see her tintype portraits here.


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