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The Last Picture of Philip Seymour Hoffman Captures His Sensitive Heart

by | 4th, February 2014

PHOTOGRAPHER Victoria Will was at the Sundance Film Festival top take picture of the famous faces. She captured them with a process called tintype:

Tintype photos were photos with the image on a metal surface, rather than on glass or paper.

The tintype process or ferrotype process evolved from the ambrotype. It was invented by Prof. Hamilton Smith of Ohio in 1856. Ambrotype images were collodion negatives on glass, viewed against a black surface. Tintypes were negatives on on iron, coated with black paint, lacquer or enamel.

Will explains why:

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.

She took the pictures in January. One month late Philip Seymour Hoffman, the great theatre actor and budding director who reached millions through cinema, has died. The portrait takes on added poignancy.

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