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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