Tintypes & Instant Film at Jazz Age Lawn Party

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We were delighted to find ourselves shooting portraits at the second weekend of this years Jazz Age Lawn Party.

As we started sifting through images we found that a handful of people were photographed in both tintype and instant film. We thought it would be fun to match up some instant film portraits with their tintype counterparts. 

Hope you enjoy! 

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Two months ago we began moving my grandmother out of her house as it was no longer reasonable to be in such a big place alone. While going through everything we found this gem in the back of one of my grandfather’s old closets. A #polaroid automatic 100 land camera still in its original case. My grandfather had shot plenty of family occasions with this back in the day. I took it home with her blessing. Unfortunately there was some corrosion to the interior. Thankfully #thecameradoctor #frankrubio operating out of the basement of the @penumbrafoundation was able to repair it and get it up and running again. It’s clearly why some greats like #bruceweber and @markmannphoto trust him with their cameras. Needless to say I was very excited to shoot with it. The plan was to go out and take a portrait of my grandmother this past Saturday. We knew she’d been very sick and it would have been great to turn the same lens my grandfather used so many times back on her. Unfortunately fate got in the way early that morning and I didn’t get the opportunity. It is one picture I regret I didn’t take. Perpetually with her makeup done and well dressed I’m sure she would have looked great. (at Maison Nagin)

Traveling Back in Time | Portraits from the Jazz Age Lawn Party

What do you get when you mix 1920’s fashion, prohibition-era cocktails, Michael Arenella & his Dreamland Orchestra and plenty of razzle dazzle? A classic summer weekend spent on Governor’s Island.

The Penumbra Tintype Studio was thrilled to be a part of this years Jazz Age Lawn Party, capturing portraits of the fashionable guests. We had a great team working our portable tintype booth and wandering the VIP area capturing some behind the scenes moments and portraits in instant film.

If you happened to miss the June celebration, don’t worry, there is an encore party on August 17-18. We look forward to seeing you there!

Here are some of our memorable moments from that weekend.

Behind the Scenes and Portraits from the Portable Tintype Studio:

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Instant Portraits from the VIP Area:

These portraits were taken with a1920’s Graflex Series D 3.25x4.25 Single Lens Reflex large format camera. Two cameras were used, one for color and one for B&W. The cameras were specially modified so that special lenses could be mounted on them.  The two lenses used were a Cooke Series O Opic 8” 203mm f2 lens and a Carl Zeiss Biotessar 16.5cm f2.8. The film used was Fuji Instant Polaroid type film.

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Check back in a few days - we are going to share a few portraits of notable folks who we had the pleasure of photographing at the event!

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