A portrait studio from the 1800s
Remember film? Loading and feeding and snapping and winding.
That was technologically advanced compared with tintype, the 19th-century method of photography that used a metal plate, chemical liquids and one take to get it right.
And now there?s a spot in NYC, Penumbra Tintype Studio, that lets you commission your very own old-timey portrait.
Located in NoMad (shockingly, not Williamsburg), Penumbra uses authentic cameras, lenses and processes from the Civil War era. But these are no faux-sepia-toned snaps set against a saloon door. The setup is kind of like your elementary-school picture day: a simple gray sheet as a backdrop and a tight crop, usually waist up.
Because the chemical development is similar to that of a Polaroid, the results are wonderfully of-the-moment and a refreshing break from our overly Photoshopped lives. Go solo (coolest headshot ever) or with your significant other (just what your gallery wall needs). But in our opinion, this setup was made for pooches.
$95 a session; 36 E. 30th St. (between Madison and Park aves.); 917-288-0343 or penumbrafoundation.org