Joni Sternbach

Joni Sternbach is a photographer from New York who specialises in the early wet plate collodion photographic technique. she has many beautiful projects to explore on her website, but the one that caught my eye was Surfland – where Joni documents surfers on the coasts of the US and Australia.

SurfLand is an ongoing project of contemporary portraits of surfers created using the historic wet-plate collodion process. The photographs are a unique blending of subject matter and photographic technique. Using the instantaneous wet-plate collodion process, I am creating one-of-a-kind tintypes that are imbued with a feeling of ambiguity, timelessness and mystery.

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  • Reply Alice Wednesday 5 June, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Woaw beautiful, and really timeless. love it!

  • Reply Eloise Wednesday 5 June, 2013 at 10:41 am

    These are so stunning and effective. Mysterious indeed.
    x Eloise

  • Reply kristin Friday 7 June, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    these are beautiful!

  • Reply @felicityloughre Saturday 8 June, 2013 at 4:41 am

    these silvery photos of surfers via @missmoss are wonderful http://t.co/DvS0kzPxTL

  • Reply nanci Saturday 8 June, 2013 at 9:54 pm


  • Reply sara Monday 10 June, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    amazing work ! i will now go to Joni’s site to explore :)

  • Reply @NinaZietman Monday 10 June, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Joni Sternbach takes a very different kind of surf photo – using Victorian wet plate technique via @miss_moss http://t.co/gC4kmZiB3G

  • Reply Tomboy Style Tuesday 11 June, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Incredible post, Diana!

  • Reply Ashley Jordan Gordon Thursday 13 June, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I love her work! Her series on the Everglades is great too… I am happy to report that I have her first Surfland book (I hear she’s been adding to the project since) & that printed and as an entire collection to hold and view in your own two hands it is just as fabulous as you would hope! Cheers x

  • Reply Ashley Jordan Gordon Thursday 13 June, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Oops my bad.. the Everglades series is actually by another favorite wet plate photographer – Lisa Elmaleh – but she’s worth checking out too!

  • Reply Driely S. Thursday 5 September, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Joni was my teacher! I learned Collodion with her and nothing in the word has made me as happy as when I used to spend the afternoons with her taking 19 century photos on a beach somewhere in the Hamptons. She is beyond amazing!

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