“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?” — Henry David Thoreau
Featured frontline hero: Ali Martinez, Flight Nurse
The Humanity of Tintype
“Tintypes won’t fade for hundreds of years; they will outlast most other mainstream forms of photography. In the distant future, I want people to look into the eyes of these workers and find their courage as well as their struggle. I want people to see the resilience we generated in the face of this virus.” – Eric Retterbush
Each of Eric Retterbush’s tintype portraits is a one-of-a-kind work of art. Evocative of another era, they are an ode to the beauty that comes from focusing with great deliberation on subjects worthy of a closer look, a singular vision, an enduring tribute.
Tintype is an exacting medium – temperamental and time-consuming. Virtually a lost art, the process required to produce a single image requires exceptional skill and patience, as well as a modicum of plain old-fashioned luck.
When all of the elements come together in just the right way, the results are astonishingly detailed, hauntingly intimate and uniquely capable of capturing an ephemeral moment in time for generations to come.