17 Extraordinarily Unique Celebrity Tintype Portraits and BTS With Victoria Will

Last year at the annual Sundance Film Festival, photographer Victoria Will left her DSLR at home and decided to try something a little different when photographing the celebrities in attendance. Setting up shop with her old Graflex Super D, she created a set of portraits of actors, comedians, and musicians from all across the event. Here are the beautiful results.

Will has created quite the established career having been a staff photographer for the New York Post and shot commercial and editorial portraiture for magazines worldwide. Her work with the Associated Press, the New York Times, and Vogue is an ode to her obvious talents and creativity that have carried her well beyond average and into the path of extraordinary.

The idea here was simple, to set out and create something unique and captivating that creatives alike could appreciate, though the path was not so easy. The best part about shooting tintype is the raw and extreme detail in the final image, making it impossible to retouch in Photoshop as many of us are used to today. Keeping the images as close to original as possible, we have a set of photos that builds upon the personality and culture from Sundance and brings life to each character portrayed. Check out 17 of the many shots from the series below.

Will has received many accolades for the tintypes that resulted in many awards, including one from the 2014 PDN Photo Annual. To check out the full series be sure to check out her website.

[via Esquire]

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Pablo Sarlo's picture

Es normal desprestigear lo que a uno no le da la cabeza para hacer.

Igor Butskhrikidze's picture

что ты хочешь?

Brad Tomlinson's picture

Rad, shooting wet plate is definitely on my bucket list.

Sean Shimmel's picture

Aside from the two goofy shots (so mis-matched for this particular medium), these pulled me right in.

romain VERNEDE's picture

better than last year!
It seems she worked her technic!


I love the concept, hate the execution. I'm not sure if the terrible application of the emulsion was intentional or not, but I find it distracting. Also, it's not that hard to do properly so I'm annoyed looking at it. The Anne Hathaway picture would be absolutely stunning if it wasn't for the streak through her head.