Jonathan Stone for Art-Sheep
Hollywood actors are not only graced with talent, but they are also given the looks to match their film presence. Altough their photogenic looks are usually displayed in paparazzi shots and magazine photographs, Victoria Will thought of capturing them the way they did it long before they were all born.
Victoria Will is a New York-based photographer who, for her latest project, combined history with the contemporary. The photographer took a series of beautiful photos of actors during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in NY, with the tintype method. This technique was used in the second half of the 19th century and involves developing photos with chemicals by hand in less than 8′ after being shot.
Even though they depict famous actors of our times, these extraordinary vintage portraits look like old photographs. This contradiction is exactly what makes Will’s work so unique and different from the photos we are used to see nowadays. “What I love about the process is how raw it is. We live in an age of glossy magazines and overly retouched skin. But there is no lying with tintypes. You can’t get rid of a few wrinkles in Photoshop,” says Will.