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Joni Sternbach Revives the Tintype Process at The Peabody Essex Museum

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 28, 2009
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013

Joni Sternbach has perfected a form of time travel. To get from present to past she uses nothing more complicated than surfboards and tintypes.

Surfboards you know about. Tintypes? They were a popular 19th-century photographic process that printed an image on metal, most often iron or steel (Sternbach uses aluminum).

Sternbach photographs surfers posing with their boards and prints the results as tintypes. In fact, she takes a portable darkroom to the beach and develops her images right there. "SurfLand: Photographs by Joni Sternbach" at The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, includes forty-seven examples along with two dozen vintage tintypes.

Read the complete review in The Boston Globe.

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