Haunting Celebrities in Vintage Tintype Photographs

Some time ago we did an article about historical black and white photographs colourised and brought back to ‘life’. Today we are going to do the opposite – time travel back to those days of tintype photographs with nowaday celebrities.

Vintoria Will is a New York based photographer who makes these stunning portraits of celebrities. It is made by a complex process that involves exposing a direct positive onto a sheet of iron. As you can see many smudges are usual to these artworks as the main trait of a tintype. The imperfect photographs actually take us to the 1800’s.

One thing you can notice, the celebrities seem to be long time gone. The tintype is like an only evidence testifying the existance of such person who lived a few centuries before. When you look at Victoria’s works, you definitely remember that person and you totally think how good he was. It is a sad truth that sometimes we care about someone more when he is dead. For example, a recent story of Paul Walker’s death boomed out through the Internet like a volcanic eruption leaving beautiful and compassionate words about the actor. However, has anyone even had a thought about Paul when he was still alive and filming? The moral: treat someone the way you wouldn’t regret after he/she has passed away.

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All credits go to Victoria Will, check her website for many other great works.