Friday, May 22, 2009

Joni Sternbach at the PEM

I'm a huge fan of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem (I'm considering becoming a member), particularly because of its vast maritime-themed collection. There's a new photography exhibit up with works by Joni Sternbach called "SurfLand" that I'm absolutely obsessed with. I love how the images are of people who are clearly modern, but look old-timey because of the development process she uses.

The process is called tintyping, and was popular back in the 19th century. It involves printing the photos on sheets of metal (Sternback prints on aluminum). For more information about her show and the process, read the Globe review.

[All images by Joni Sternbach]

Too bad Sternbach's work checks out at upwards of $1800 (I couldn't pin down an exact price for the pieces that make up "SurfLand") - I would love to have one of these in my personal art collection. Sigh, a girl can dream. The show runs through Oct. 4 - I can't wait to check it out!


  1. Sort of reminds me of those old pics of native americans where they aren't smiling...

  2. Yeah, totally! I know exactly what you mean - the sepia tone really gives it an 1800s feel.


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