Joni Sternbach
  • <a href="http://www.jonisternbach.com" target="_blank">Joni Sternbach</a> is a photographer from New York who created contemporary landscapes and portraits by way of early photographic processes. Sternbach is represented by <a href="http://www.rickwesterfineart.com/" target="_blank">Rick Wester Fine Art</a> in New York City. The images form her "Surfland" series are tintypes (used prominently in the 1860s and '70s) and have been featured in the Peabody Essex Museum. This is the first image from the ongoing series and is titled "Lone Surfer," Ditch Plains, Montauk, N.Y., July 12, 2006.
    Joni Sternbach
  • Sternbach's upcoming monograph, "Surf Site Tin Type," will be published in spring 2015. There will be a Kickstarter campaign to help with funding. Her first monograph, "<a href="http://www.photolucida.org/surfland/" target="_blank">Surfland</a>," was published by photolucida in 2009. "Graham and Janine," Ditch Plains, Montauk, N.Y., May 27, 2007.
    Joni Sternbach
  • "Surfland" is an ongoing project of contemporary portraits of surfers created using the wet-plate collodion process, Sternbach says. This image is titled "Tripoli," Ditch Plains, Montauk, N.Y., Oct. 16, 2007.
    Joni Sternbach
  • Sternbach says the photographs are a unique blending of subject matter and photographic technique. This image is titled, Steve, Rincon, Santa Barbara, Feb. 11, 2009.
    Joni Sternbach
  • Sternbach says landscapes, seascapes, and the human imprint on these views has been her focus. This image is titled "Angela and Lee," Ditch Plains, Montauk, N.Y., July 17, 2009.
    Joni Sternbach
  • Sternbach says returning year after year to the same location has led her to examine the juncture between land and sea. This image is titled "Hannah," Surfrider Beach, Malibu, Calif., Feb. 8, 2010.
    Joni Sternbach
  • Sternbach says she is fascinated by the physical and poetic way that surfers inhabit America's watery landscapes. This image is titled "Kassia," Don, and Jen, North Pier, Oceanside, Calif., Feb. 11, 2010.
    Joni Sternbach
  • Sternbach works with a large-format camera and the wet process must be prepared and developed on location. The elaborate process helps entice new subjects. This image is titled "Donavon," Ditch Plains, Montauk, N.Y., July 17, 2011.
    Joni Sternbach
  • Sternbach says the very nature of collodion is spontaneous and unpredictable. It is precisely the raw quality of the process that suits the subject matter. This image is titled, Ahearn Twins, Ditch Plains, Montauk, N.Y., Aug. 5, 2011.
    Joni Sternbach
  • Sternbach says the collodion process gives a distinctive appearance and echoes important traditions of 19th-century anthropological photography. This image is titled "Andy and Muriel," Jalama Beach, Lompoc, Calif., Sept. 30, 2011.
    Joni Sternbach
  • Mark and Emily, Ditch Plains, Montauk, N.Y., July 7, 2012.
    Joni Sternbach
  • "Steve," Ditch Plains, Montauk, N.Y., July 7, 2012.
    Joni Sternbach
  • "Amico Kids," Emma Wood, Ventura, Calif., Feb. 18, 2013.
    Joni Sternbach
  • "Oliver and Korina," Emma Wood, Ventura, Calif., Feb. 18, 2013.
    Joni Sternbach
  • "Tracks," Emma Wood, Ventura, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013.
    Joni Sternbach
  • "Cori and Ben," Morro Bay, Calif., Feb. 23, 2013.
    Joni Sternbach
  • "Morro Rock," Morro Bay, Calif., Feb. 23, 2013.
    Joni Sternbach
  • "Yuko and Milo," Ditch Plains, Montauk, N.Y., Aug. 30, 2013.
    Joni Sternbach
  • "Liam, Craig, and Fiona," Ditch Plains, Montauk, N.Y., Aug. 30, 2013.
    Joni Sternbach
  • For more of Joni Sternbach's work, please visit <a href="http://www.jonisternbach.com" target="_blank">jonisternbach.com</a>. This image is titled "Hendry's Beach," Santa Barbara, Jan. 16, 2014.
    Joni Sternbach
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