Last portrait of Philip Seymour Hoffman makes beautiful celebrity tintype photos all the more powerful
This year at the Sundance Film Festival, photographer Victoria Will had the opportunity to shoot portraits of many big names in Hollywood. Having documented the festival several times before, she decided to do it a little differently this time around.
So she took the celebrities’ pictures using tintype — a popular photography technique of the 1860’s and 70’s.
She explains her interest in the Civil-War-era style…
I am fascinated by the slow process, the finicky nature of the chemistry, and the beauty in each unpredictable result. There is something really special in each wet plate being one of a kind. It’s incredibly honest.
Honest and unpredictable.
We were putting this post together over the weekend when we heard the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s passing. Since these photos were taken toward the end of January, it is very likely that this was the last portrait he sat for.
This sad fact and the inherently dark mood that accompanies tintype photography combine to make this series all the more poignant and haunting…
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Willem Dafoe and Rachel McAdams
Michael C. Hall
William H. Macy