antique cameras

From The Observer

By Ann Votaw 10/20/2017

I have a soft spot for cemeteries.

Recently, I posted an Instagram photo of a crumbling headstone and got a like from Jolene Lupo, a stranger of the alive variety.

But upon closer inspection of her profile pic—a black and white of a marble-eyed brunette—I wondered if Lupo might not be a phantom.

My sleuthing revealed Lupo was not a hallucination but the tintype studio manager of Penumbra Foundation, a Manhattan nonprofit dedicated to historical photography. The more I scrolled through her feed, the more I became enchanted with tintypes—kind-of like metal Polaroids of the mid-1800s.

As the child of antique fanatics, I grew up going to flea markets. Yet I was familiar with tintypes of whiskered soldiers, not the bearded hipsters I saw on Penumbra’s accounts.

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12:00pm– 4:00pm

Vintage Camera Day

Have fun with the art of vintage photography! Explore how Alice Austen took and processed photographs; learn about the cyanotype printing progress; visit the “Camera Doctor” to get your vintage cameras back up and running; and take part in our #AliceAustenEveryday photo series by taking photographs of the house and grounds with vintage cameras. FREE

1:00pm How Alice Austen captured and processed images: vintage photography demonstration with Imara Moore
2:30pm Cyanotype demonstration with Ed Coppola and Doug Schwab

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