Photos as Physical Art Objects — They’re Not Going Away

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Photo: Michael Shindler

On Tuesday my post on backing up your digital data elicited hundreds of responses online. Many of you had a good quip on a time-tested methodology on how to back up your most treasured memories: print them.

What a concept – the photo as an object. As our culture ebbs and, largely FLOWS to just some bits and bytes on a hardrive or server somewhere, an actual physical photo unmistakably elevates in value because of scarcity. I love art as artifact – it’s so damn meta.

Click through the tabs above to see some stylish examples of a very physical photography: tintype photos.

Tintypes (as you might guess based on the ‘tin’) are images that are exposed directly onto a stainless ferrotype plate. As physical as it gets. To see a behind-the-scenes video (via our friends at Cool Hunting) on how these were made at the Photobooth studio in the Mission District of San Francisco click HERE.

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