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11 Apr - Tintype Photography Popup with Jen Jansen

Chicago

Tintyping — a photographic technique in which images are printed directly onto thin metal sheets (and therefore each is totally unique) — is one of the oldest processes for portrait photography, dating back to the nineteenth century. On May 11 and 12, Chicago photographer Jen Jansen is bringing that vintage style to the Freehand, with special portrait sessions just in time for Mothers Day weekend.

Jen runs Chicago’s only brick-and-mortar tintype studio, using a 1920s Deardorff 11×14 studio camera — a piece of equipment once made not far from where the Freehand is located. Tintypes offer a level of intimacy that often can’t be found in standard portrait photography — the expressions are more pronounced, and the relationship between the photographer and the subject feels much closer. These photos also last much longer, Jen says, since there are no negatives involved.

Jen will be creating 4×5 tintypes for individuals up to small family groups — all shot in the penthouse. Book your session here. Spots will fill up, and you don’t want to miss out on this.