Oldschool Tintype Portraits by Michael Shindler

Valencia street in San Francisco is home to Photobooth, the world’s last remaining tintype portrait studio. Michael Shindler, the owner and operator of Photobooth, spent six years studying the Wet-Plate Collodion process. This is commonly called tintype since the image can be produced on black metal or glass. Tintype was first introduced in the 1850s, over a hundred and sixty years ago. The process takes around ten minutes and is both delicate and messy. One slip-up and you’ll have to do the whole thing all over again. Over 3,500 people (and one dog) have had themselves immortalized under Michael’s capable hands since the shop opened a year ago.









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