Joni Sternbach, Surf Site Tin Type

10.02.08 #5 Hannah
Surfrider Beach, Malibu, CA 2010

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Joni Sternbach, Surf Site Tin Type

Not all is as it seems in Joni Sternbach's affecting 19th century surf photography...

There’s a sense of timelessness to surfing, a belief that surfers have an inherent connection to the past; their practise a unique bond with nature and not much else. Using a 19th century wet-plate collodion process, with large-format camera, photographer Joni Sternbach encapsulates an ageless art, via an ageless art.

Joni Sternbach, Surf Site Tin Type

Published by Damiani Editore, Surf Site Tin Type is a 192-page publication comprising Sternbach’s historical aesthetic; contemporary surf figures from Montauk to Malibu, Byron Bay to Cornwall, captured in images that have no grounding in the 21st century: young Lily Ives — photographed in Montauk, 2014 — or professional surfers, filmmakers and environmentalists, Malloy brothers Chris, Keith and Dan captured in 2013 … portraits that could easily be over a hundred years old.

Instantaneous, the wet process requires development onsite; tintype plates processed in a chemical ‘fixer’ bath in daylight, both the subjects and interested onlookers drawn to the rare undertaking. ‘Part theatre and part craft’ Sternbach calls it, the unpredictability of the technique another ingredient in the making of imagery steeped in mystique.


Amico kids

13.02.18 #4 Amico kids
Emma Wood, Ventura, CA
Chad Amico, father and pastor mentioned that he had 5 children and a vintage car.

Ditch Plains, Montauk

14.07.08 #4 Lily
Ditch Plains, Montauk, NY 2014
Lily Ives is the very wonderful, creative and lovely daughter of Sonia and Tim Ives, director of Photography for the TV series, Girls

Robert August and Robert “Wingnut” Weaver

14.07.24 #1 Robert + Wingnut
Ditch Plains, Montauk, NY 2014
Robert August and Robert “Wingnut” Weaver are surfers, shapers and the stars of Endless Summer and Endless Summer II.

Dave Rastovich

11.03.16 #5 Dave
Dave’s Farm, Broken Head, NSW, AU
Dave Rastovich is a pro-surfer, activist and free surfer.

Corina and Ben Barnick

13.02.23 #6 Three Surfers, Morro Rock
Morro Bay, CA 2013
Corina and Ben Barnick are brother and sister surfers from Morro Bay. The third surfer, Mary is Ben’s girlfriend.

Oliver Parker and Patagonia designer, Korina

13.02.18 #10 Oliver + Korina
Emma Wood, Ventura, CA 2013
Oliver Parker and Patagonia designer, Korina

Ditch Plains, Montauk

11.08.30 #6 Laura
Ditch Plains, Montauk, NY

Byron Bay

11.03.17 #3 The Mers
Main Beach, Byron Bay, NSW, AU
All photography © Joni Sternbach

Malloy Brothers

13.02.05 #8 Malloy Brothers
Malloy House, Lompoc, CA 2013
The Malloy brothers from Ojai, CA are well-respected and professional surfers, filmmakers and environmentalists.