Upcoming Wet Plate Workshops

June 16, 2024 7:26 am Published by

I am going to be teaching a couple of workshops. One in the Fall at Penumbra Foundation. This is a beginner workshop, limited to only a few students, so if you’ve been burning to learn  the process in the heart of NYC, this is your chance.

In February 2025, I will be co-teaching with David Adams in Mesa, AZ. This workshop, hosted by Medium is geared towards the person/people who have taken prior workshops and want to work in the field with the western landscape.

Upcoming Exhibitions in California

May 11, 2024 7:38 am Published by

I am thrilled to participate in 2 upcoming exhibitions on the west coast this summer. Both shows feature large and extra large format tintypes from my Surfland series.

California Gold opens at Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco on June 20-July 25, 2024.

California Gold invites artists with ties to California, to engage with the Golden State, expressing a diverse set of viewpoints and relationships. From the Gold Rush to Hollywood opulence to tech booms and busts, California Gold speaks to the state’s status as a cultural center for the United States and beyond, with its rich landscapes entrenched in influential history. The show pays special homage to the contemporary renaissance of San Francisco’s post-pandemic art scene, celebrating the city as a site of artistic optimism and renewal.

Whose Waters? opens at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art on July 13- October 20, 2024

A multi media exhibition exploring more than the traditional communities riding waves off the Golden State. The exhibition will explore the history of California surfing from a socio-political perspective through the work of Central Coast and California artists that represent the impacted communities.

2024 Wet Plate Workshop in Mesa, AZ

November 16, 2023 12:56 pm Published by

New Dates! Registration is open, spots are limited.

Feb 14-17th, 2025

Please join me and David Emmit Adams  in Mesa, AZ for 4 days of wet plate photography in the field, hosted by Medium San Diego.

This is the second year both David and I will co-teach a western workshop together. We offer participants the rare opportunity to deepen their practice in the field while exploring the western landscape. Using this historic photographic process. we provide both period and modern equipment. During the workshop we will explore multiple facets of the wet plate process, working with both metal plates and glass positives/negatives. Participants will learn ways to refine their skills required to maintain a studio practice and working remotely in the field. 

Salt Horizon Exhibition at Circle Contemporary in Cornwall

March 24, 2023 1:23 pm Published by

In 2014 I visited Cornwall to photograph surfers. I met some wonderful people and had a fantastic time making wet plates in Newquay. While there I made a portrait of a woman, Lucy and her pup, which I think is one of my best portraits yet. Her dog, Lola held perfectly still for the long exposure. Now, almost ten years later I am having a solo exhibition at Lucy’s gallery, Circle Contemporary. Talk about circles 🌀 If you happen to be visiting Cornwall I hope you can stop by and see the show. It runs from April 1st-May 3rd, 2023.


Call for Entry: Online Group Exhibition – “Land(e)scape” October 2022

September 9, 2022 8:56 am Published by

Friends, I am curating my next exhibition with Analogue Forever Magazine, and I hope you will consider submitting your wet plate images. There is no entry fee.

Prompt: Wet plate photography over the years has typically focused on both portraiture and landscape. For this exhibition, and during this time of global upheaval and national political concerns, my thoughts lead me to how photography can play a role in creating a space for both imagination and escape. Show me work that is tied to the idea of both landscape and escape, made with the wet collodion process. 

The deadline for Submissions is September 30th, 2022



Wet Collodion Workshop in Joshua Tree 🌵 January 5-7, 2023

August 24, 2022 6:03 am Published by

Join David Emitt Adams and me in this rare three-day event in Joshua Tree, CA. working with the wet collodion process. Practicing entirely on location, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to deepen your practice using this historic photographic process. During the workshop we will explore all facets of the wet plate process, working with metal plates and glass negatives, learning ways to refine skills required to maintain a studio practice, and working remotely in the field. Participants in this workshop require previous experience with wet collodion processes and large format cameras. Beginners are welcome but should understand this is not an entry-level course. Only 3 spots remain!

Workshop tuition is $1695. Members of Medium Photo receive a discounted rate of $1545.

Register Here

Reimaging Likeness and Landscape

April 7, 2022 6:44 am Published by

My First Curatorial Project: Reimaging Likeness and Landscape opened at Penumbra Foundation on Thursday in NYC. The exhibition features Lisa di Donato, Vivian Galban, Myra Greene, Galina Kurlat, Vanessa Marsh and Lindsey Ross, all artists who work with the wet plate collodion medium in new and unexpected ways. Please click on the link to read the press release. Ambrotype by Myra Greene. The exhibition runs through June 24, 2022. Please contact Penumbra Foundation to book a visit.

NFT drop

March 27, 2022 7:26 am Published by

Mark your calendars, here it is: my first NFT drop with Quantum.art
85 images of women surfers in celebration of Women’s History Month, on 3/31 at 11am

Talk – Book Signings

November 23, 2021 8:07 am Published by

Please join me for two upcoming in-person events:

Book signings:
Penumbra Foundation, NYC on December 2nd at 6 PM. I’ll be giving a short presentation and signing books. Reservations are required.
Martriark 133 Main Street Sag Harbor, on December 4th from 2-4pm

Book Launch // kissing a stranger

October 5, 2021 12:01 pm Published by

Hello friends,
I am so thrilled to announce the launch of my latest book, kissing a stranger, published by Dürer Editions.
Compiled from a decade of black and white photographs, this book tells a very personal story of my early years as a photographer. It is a narrative of my journey with family, friends, and strangers as I navigated my way through the gritty streets of NYC in the 1970s. Its visual language is journal-style, with original captions and poetry. It is infused with the literature and music of its time and offers a glimpse into my development and vision as an artist. Stay tuned for reviews and upcoming book signings.

PHOTO LONDON (The art world reopens)

September 9, 2021 6:37 am Published by

Hello friends far and wide.

I’m thrilled to share the news that I will be exhibiting some of my recent Surfboard photographs at Photo London today, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept 12 with Black Box Projects at Somerset House. Click the link for more info.

UNDEREXPOSED: Women Photographers From The Collection

March 29, 2021 2:31 pm Published by

APRIL 17–AUGUST 1, 2021

I am thrilled to be among so many of my favorite photographers in this important exhibition celebrating women artists. Please join me in conversation on Thursday, May 13, 2021 6PM EST, free for museum members. 

For nearly all of photography’s one hundred eighty-year history, women have shaped the development of the art form and experimented with every aspect of the medium.
Conceived in conjunction with the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted suffrage for some women, this exhibition showcases more than one hundred photographs from the High’s collection, many of them never before on view, and charts the medium’s history from the dawn of the modern period to the present through the work of women photographers.
Organized roughly chronologically, each section emphasizes a distinct arena in which women contributed and often led the way. Among the artists featured are pioneers of the medium such as Anna Atkins as well as more recent innovators and avid experimenters, including Betty Hahn, Barbara Kasten, and Meghann Riepenhoff. The exhibition also celebrates the achievements of numerous professional photographers, including Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White, and Marion Post Wolcott, who worked in photojournalism, advertising, and documentary modes and promoted photography as a discipline.
The exhibition also highlights photographers who photograph other women, children, and families, among them Sally Mann, Nan Goldin, and Diane Arbus, and those who interrogate ideals of femininity through self-portraiture. Also on view will be works by contemporary photographers who challenge social constructions of gender, sexuality, and identity, including Zanele Muholi, Sheila Pree Bright, Cindy Sherman, Mickalene Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems.
This exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

The Passengers

March 20, 2021 4:15 pm Published by

Black Box Projects is delighted to present The Passengers, a virtual exhibition of early work by Joni Sternbach shot on a Leica camera in the New York subway 1975-1980. March 1-31, 2021

Barbarian Days

February 25, 2021 8:53 am Published by

I’m thrilled to be among such an incredible group of artists in this upcoming exhibition Barbarian Days.

Borrowing from William Finnegan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, this unruly exhibition celebrates historic and contemporary artists who consider the ocean as a vehicle for an enriching and daunting personal psychosomatic investigation into creative catharsis. Press release coming soon!

St. Barth
March 9 – May 1, 2021

As Much As artist book with scent

February 17, 2021 6:58 am Published by

As Much As is a handmade and hand-sewn artist book with words and photographs by me.
This journal-style book weaves the story of a young artist learning her craft and sets it against the backdrop of NYC and its environs in the 1970s.
The book contains 17 tipped-in photographs printed on expired single-weight gelatin silver paper.
50 Copies © 2020
Learn more here 
Watch the page-turning video here

Current Exhibition

October 16, 2020 9:44 am Published by

I am very excited to announce my current exhibition, Surfboard at Von Lintel Gallery in Los Angeles. You can read the full press release here.


October 13, 2020 3:13 pm Published by

Your vote means our future. Please vote!

Photo London Digital

October 9, 2020 7:12 am Published by

Life is complicated and strange these days. Artists must find many ways to cope, to continue to make work, and to persist in finding ways to exhibit their work. I am pleased to be showing some of my newest projects during this time with two galleries during Photo London. Black Box Projects (London based) is showing work in person at Cromwell Place in conjunction with their opening and the fair. Make an appointment to see it!  Von Lintel Gallery is exhibiting experimental photography. Viewing is free and might be just the thing you were looking for today!

Black Box Gallery at Cromwell Place

October 6, 2020 8:37 am Published by

I am excited to announce that Black Box Gallery has opened at Cromwell Place in London. If you’re out and about and miss the real life experience of viewing art, stop by and see their current exhibition. By appointment only for safety reasons. This in-person exhibition is also viewable on line with Photo London on October 7th, 2020.


Summer Show

August 1, 2020 12:30 pm Published by

For all my Southern friends, I am participating in a Summer Surf and Sun group show at the Heart of Gold Gallery in Mt Pleasant, SC.

Stop by for a one on one gallery tour. Please bring your mask.

Art in the time of Covid-19

May 14, 2020 4:36 pm Published by

Over the last month I held a print sale in conjunction with #artistsupportpledge and #photographersupport pledge on Instagram. The response was overwhelmingly positive and I want to thank you all for your support of my work. Stay healthy!

The Process

February 25, 2020 7:48 pm Published by

Last September Shannon, from The Process and I met to discuss thoughts on photography, spontaneity, perseverance, and the wet plate process. We also talked about creating emotional landscapes, 1970s NYC photography culture, surf culture (and their similarities), what feminism in art means to me, and my definition of success, the value of making books and finding community + more! Listen here or Spotify.

Yucca Valley Material Lab

February 5, 2020 10:48 am Published by

Please join us on Sunday, Feb. 9th from 3 – 5 PM for an open house event with current artist in residence Joni Sternbach.  

57275 Canterbury St., Yucca Valley, CA 92284.

A master of traditional photographic techniques, Sternbach has focused her time at YVML on the process of lost wax casting. Photo means light, and glass as a material is able to contain as well as project light. This residency has become an opportunity for Joni to explore the ways glass interacts with photography.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.


California Wet Plate Workshop

November 26, 2019 2:18 pm Published by

Join me and Medium San Diego in this rare opportunity to learn wet plate collodion in the field.

This three-day workshop leads participants through the practical concerns of working with wet collodion negatives and positives in the field. Through two location shoots we will explore all facets of the wet plate process and discuss the pitfalls and unique aspects of working with this popular 19th-century process. In order to maximize your time in the field, some previous experience with large format photography and wet plate is encouraged. May 15-17, 202 Limited to 8 participants.

The Momentary Wave

November 12, 2019 9:50 am Published by

Installation photograph at MOAH Lancaster in the East Gallery. The Momentary Wave is an exhibition of unique tintype photographs made on location in Hawaii. Now on view through January 12, 2020.

Timelapse: Contemporary Analogue Photography

October 25, 2019 12:25 pm Published by

Time Lapse: Contemporary Analog Photography celebrates the work of 13 international and national contemporary artists who use the darkroom as a type of laboratory and find inspiration in the vast array of 19th-century photographic processes, from daguerreotypes to photograms. Experimenting with the mutable medium of photography and employing a variety of materials—from cyanotype dresses made of tamale wrappers to a three-dimensional shelter displaying tintype portraits—these artists depict familiar subjects of landscapes, portraiture, and still life through a contemporary lens.

on view at the Shelburne Museum of Art, Shelburne, VT November 9-March 8, 2020

Acquisition by The Joslyn Art Museum

February 2, 2019 9:27 pm Published by

I am thrilled to say that two tintypes from the series, The Salt Effect have been acquired by the Joslyn Art Museum. A big thank you to Toby Jurovics for allowing me to bulldoze my way into the exhibition he curated back in 2011: New American Landscape, Contemporary Photographs of the West, and for spearheading this acquisition. The tintypes were shot in Wendover, Utah while an artist in residence at CLUI. For those of you that have been there, you know the terrain and remember the shake of the trailer as the western winds blew just outside your little tin door, right next to the hanger that once housed the Enola Gay.

High Tide Montauk Point

December 24, 2018 2:17 pm Published by

In 1999 I began a single and solitary project on the bluffs above Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY. The project was simple; I brought an 8×10 camera, the longest lens I owned and a reducing back to make close up details of the ocean surface. I later developed and printed these images in both Platinum/Palladium and cyanotype.

This past year I worked with a young artist, Emily Sheffer to bring this project to a different place. It’s now a limited edition artist book in three fascicles, sleeved together with a cyanotype print in each one. This book will later be for sale in my webshop. Feel free to drop me a line if you’d like me to reserve one for you.

Pulse Miami with Von Lintel Gallery

November 28, 2018 1:25 pm Published by

Exhibiting with Von Lintel Gallery at Pulse, Miami, Booth N-104 December 6-9, 2018

16.08.18 #1 Present Future, 16×20 Unique Tintype from the series Surfland.

This Must Be The Place, at Paris Photo

November 5, 2018 7:50 am Published by

This year’s exhibit, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, reflects photography’s evolution through time and cultures, transporting viewers from the 19th century to the present day. From Paris to New York and beyond, the exhibit explores commerce and leisure, city and country, nature and architecture, transience and permanence with real and imagined imagery of spectacular venues and abstract places. This year’s selection will include iconic photographs, as well as recent acquisitions.

 “Photography’s origins can be traced back to pioneering experiments in 19th-century Paris that harnessed science to create images,” said Dr. Charlotte Eyerman, Director and Chief Curator of the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection. “Considered an ‘industrial art’ until the early 20th century, photography has always been an arena of technical and material evolution.”

Surf Girl & Circle Contemporary

September 20, 2018 1:43 pm Published by

In 2014 I trekked (via airplane) over to the UK to shoot wet plate in Cornwall. It rained the entire first week. That aside, I still had plenty of shooting days. Louise, from Surfgirl magazine, helped me to connect with many of the people I photographed.  Here we are 4 years later and one of the loveliest surfers I met has opened an art gallery, Circle Contemporary. I’m thrilled to have my work in this exhibition, COASTLINES! If you are nearby, please stop in and see it!

The Momentary Wave

September 17, 2018 9:55 pm Published by

A lovely opening last night at the Halekulani Gallery and such a delight to have Jack and Kim Johnson stop by to see it

Aloha Oahu

September 15, 2018 3:55 pm Published by

It is so good to be back in Hawaii. If you are here on the island, please join us tonight at Treehouse Hawaii for the magazine release of TRIM Hawaii


Harpers Magazine August 2018

August 5, 2018 9:18 am Published by

The latest issue of Harpers Magazine tells us about wildfires and how the world is burning. It is, but there is a respite in the Readings section. Have a look at one of my tintypes reproduced here for the magazine.

Trim Hawaii

July 21, 2018 3:50 pm Published by

From the land of aloha is a beautiful surf culture magazine, Trim Hawaii. Their latest issue is dedicated to my trip to Hawaii in December 2017, with an accompanying essay by Robert Becker. Pick up your copy here.

Talk To Me

July 12, 2018 5:42 am Published by

A group exhibition curated by Tarrah Von Lintel, through August 22, 2018

Dear Friends of Von Lintel Gallery,

I realized the other day that I am celebrating the 25th anniversary of the gallery. My journey has taken me from my home city of Munich, Germany, to New York during the heyday of the first West Chelsea galleries and finally Culver City, CA.  Of that time, my four recent years in Los Angeles have been among my most fulfilling and personally happiest in my career.

I am pulling out all the stops with my June 23rd show, “Talk to Me,” an expansive four-room salon hanging of 40+ works from artists with whom I have had associations over the entire run of the gallery.  This exhibition will include works by Roger Ackling, Marco Breuer, Sarah Charlesworth, Alan Charlton, John Chiara, Jeronimo Elespe, Adam Fuss, John Newman and David Row and Allyson Strafella to name a few of the artists that are not currently represented by the gallery.  (see the complete list at the bottom)

“Talk to Me” is about how these works have talked to me. Of course, I have also known the artists themselves, with their amazing discourses. It is about collectors, too, who have always been a part of the genuine sense of dialogue. (As much as these works “talk to me,” I want to be able to talk with you.)

My plan is to continue the “Talk to Me” salon format into active programming through the summer and into the fall.  We introduce this as a willful counter-reaction to current modes of public interaction with contemporary art. Moving away from the nexus of Instagram image-hopping and endless aisles of homogeneous art fairs in destination locales.

I will begin to use the back room of the gallery exclusively as a salon—complete with furniture (collaboratively designed and furnished courtesy of Galerie Carole Decombe). A place where those gathered can slow down and take a look. Returning to a more intimate sense of social conversation around the artworks.  In the fall, we will begin hosting smaller groups and organizing discussions around thematic hangings.  The mode of engagement privileges social interaction, small club-like evening gatherings around food and drink.

We are looking to encourage the special sense of community I have so appreciated in Los Angeles.  The concept is as inclusive as it is exclusive. The audience—“the club” in a traditional sense—should be a self-defining group of people, seeking a next chapter, to see where the next 25 years can take us.

Please join me on the evening of June 23rd for my 25th anniversary “Talk to Me” opening and celebration.

All my best,

Tarrah Von Lintel


4th of July

July 4, 2018 7:29 am Published by

This past week I visited the photographer, Barbara Bosworth. During the tour of her studio and home, she showed us this very vintage American Flag of her father’s. Of course we needed a picture to memorialize it, and to honor her father. 

SURFER Magazine

May 15, 2018 2:59 pm Published by

I am so stoked to have a selection of my work from my recent trip to Hawaii published in Surfer magazine this month. Pick up a print copy my friends, and you can see this feature for yourself!

Sally + Me

April 2, 2018 2:36 pm Published by

We went to see Sally Mann’s new exhibition at the National Gallery in DC. I truly admire her as an artist. So much of her work speaks to who we are and how we live. Life, death, beauty, illness, nakedness, subjects that she’s not afraid to broach. Both Sally and I have been working with wet plate collodion for a long time. Our work could not look more different really, but then once in awhile, I feel like I may have captured something that she would have turned her lens on. 


March 25, 2018 2:58 pm Published by

I’ve been thinking about creating a wall installation in the studio. I have a variety of platinum and cyanotype images already made, but I’ll need a lot of prints for this idea so I’ve been making more.

Stay tuned!


Save The Dirt Lot

March 22, 2018 11:13 am Published by

The town of East Hampton is considering paving the iconic “Dirt Lot” beach in Montauk. If you are reading this post and would like to contribute to the cause of keeping the dirt lot dirty, please write a few town board members and tell them how you feel.






Kat Kiernan stops by to say hello

March 21, 2018 2:02 pm Published by

Did I mention that there’s a blizzard outside? Kat braved the howling winds of the Gowanus to return some work and chat about photography. Top topics included: a recent trip to Hawaii to photograph surfers, my recent exhibition and talk at the Harn Museum, Fotofest, Sally Mann and bookmaking. For those of you who don’t know Kat she is the Editor-in-Chief of the photography magazine Don’t Take Pictures, as well as the Director of Panopticon Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, most recently in the book The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life (Intellect Books, 2017).


Vast at the Harn Museum

February 17, 2018 3:40 pm Published by

VAST: Sea Salt Sand Sky, is my first survey exhibition. Curated by Carol McCusker, it unifies the last 19 years of my photographing with various materials and media along the shoreline around the globe. It’s a long story that I’ve cajoled and condensed into a 45 minute talk titled: Across The Great Divide, Surfers, Cyanide and Landscape. I hope you can join me on Sunday at 3pm in the Chandler auditorium at the Harn Museum located at the UF Cultural Plaza

Please contact Von Lintel Gallery for further inquiries about the work

VAST: Sea | Salt | Sand | Sky lecture at the Harn Museum

February 9, 2018 11:58 pm Published by

Across the Great Divide:
Surfers, Cyanide and Landscape

Sunday, February 18, 3 pm
Chandler Auditorium
Artist Joni Sternbach will discuss her creative process and the works on view in the exhibition VAST: Sea Salt Sand Sky. She uses both large format film and early photographic processes to create contemporary landscapes and environmental portraits. Her work centers on our relationship with water, contrasting the desert in the American West to iconic surf beaches around the world. 

This exhibition is curated by Carol McCusker, PhD, Curator of Photography.

The Harn Museum 3259 Hull Road
Gainesville, Florida 32611-2700

Hawaiʻi Public Radio

January 23, 2018 12:32 pm Published by

I had the opportunity of visiting HPR while in Hawaii last month. You can listen to my conversation about wet plate photography and surfers here with Chris Vandercook.

Happy New Year

December 31, 2017 11:33 am Published by

“Water is nothing if not ingemination,

an encore to the tenacity of life.”

Terry Tempest Williams


Best Wishes for 2018


November 21, 2017 9:00 pm Published by

A very nice piece about my exhibition Vast at the Harn Museum by Noah Lane on Backwa.sh.com. 


Backwash is an independent surf anthology brought together by James Bowden, Dan Crockett, Noah Lane, Al Mackinnon, Chris McClean, Matt Smith and Mario Vassiliades. A publication straight from their hearts, raising a flag for the North Atlantic and the North Sea. For every copy sold, they plant one tree.


VAST: Sea | Salt | Sand | Sky

November 5, 2017 2:53 pm Published by



Upcoming solo exhibition at the Harn Museum of Art

opens November 21- April 24, 2018

VAST: Sea | Salt | Sand | Sky features over seventy photographs by New York artist Joni Sternbach. They picture the sublime vastness of ocean, sky and desert captured on film, and produced as cyanotype, platinum/palladium, gelatin silver or pigment prints and video. VAST also includes Sternbach’s most celebrated series, Surfland, a mesmerizing array of surfer portraits (some of noted surfers) made on beaches around the world in the 19th century wet plate collodion process. Applying almost every photographic form there is, the artist uses a variety of matrices (glass, film, video), camera sizes (the largest, a 16×20” view camera) and lenses (including a 1840s Petzval Portrait lens) to create exquisitely detailed imagery. “I have pursued historic mediums,” says Sternbach, “as a way to have a conversation with history, and play with photography.”
The word “vast” references the subject and scale of Sternbach’s prints, and the reverie she finds there. Her expansive vistas include history (marking the passage of time and change) and the contemporary sublime (terrifying and awesome in the earth’s beauty and power). Her surfer portraits shift this inward meditation outward to where surfer’s bodies and boards master the ocean’s edge, finding euphoria there.

The exhibition is curated by Carol McCusker, PhD, Curator of Photography.

The artist will give a public lecture in the Harn’s Chandler Auditorium on Sunday, February 18, at 3 p.m.

Penumbra Foundation and Photoville

September 29, 2017 6:46 am Published by

Photoville has been showcasing photography in Brooklyn for many years now. They include a vast array of artist’s work, photojournalism and lectures…all about photography. Penumbra Foundation has been shooting tintypes there for almost as long. This year I volunteered to shoot with them for a few hours. It’s almost like shooting at the beach in mid summer, minus the bathing/wet suits and surfers. 

Solar Eclipse 2017

August 22, 2017 6:51 am Published by

Not being close to the path of totality, I settled for leaf pinhole shadows on bluestone with my Leica.


That Barn

June 22, 2017 9:05 pm Published by

Remembering that beautiful barn that was on North Main Street in East Hampton

In a barrel

February 10, 2017 2:11 am Published by

It’s true, I’ve always wanted to photograph surfers in a barrel

We Are All American Beauty

January 3, 2017 2:35 am Published by

If you are concerned about the upcoming inauguration of Donald Trump please save the date for The Other Inaugural Ball–an art event in protest and a call for community action in Portland, Maine on January 21, 2017.

This event will take place over the weekend of the Presidential Inauguration and will feature poetry readings by award winning poets; a spoken word open mic slam; art exhibitions at3+ galleries; dance performances by Hi Tiger, the Sudo Girls, and the Theater Ensemble of Color; an interactive theater workshops with The Angle Project from NYC; and a keynote address by community activist Fatuma Hussein. We are coming together to support one another and to reimagine a future through greater connection and hope.

All this will culminate in a DJ dance party with 32French at the Maine Charitable Mechanics Hall on Saturday January 21 at 7pm.

We want you there. Save the date for The Other Inaugural Ball.

For updated info please go towww.weareamericanbeauty.org

Greetings For The New Year

December 13, 2016 10:28 pm Published by

To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.”

Terry Tempest Williams


In the wake of the election…

November 11, 2016 7:38 am Published by

There is a plain unbroken prairie of open sea, lined and rippled with myriad smiling trails of minute undulations, dark and sombrous and profoundly calm, over the dead below — smooth as a tombstone.”
— From Journal of the Photographic Society, February 21, 1857

Upcoming Exhibition

August 25, 2016 6:46 am Published by

Her Wave

An exhibition of unique tintype photographs by Joni Sternbach

Von Lintel Gallery 

Opening reception: Saturday, September 10, 6-8PM

2685 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034

September 10 – October 29, 2016

Noordelicht Photo Festival, extended through August 14th

July 14, 2016 12:48 pm Published by

I am so pleased to be part of this exhibition in Holland which has been extended through August 14th:


Noorderlicht Photofestival returns to Museum Belvédère in Heerenveen for the Noorderlicht Photofestival 2016. For ARENA twenty-one artists have been invited from around the world, showing with their respective images a part of the bigger story.
We live in a time when our global culture has subordinated nature. It has become almost impossible to experience unspoilt land, no matter how far we direct our gaze. What remains once humanity and its thirst for action have left the stage, in search of ever greener pastures? With ARENA Noorderlicht casts a forensic look at the traces left behind in the landscape.

The 2016 Noorderlicht Photofestival will take place at Museum Belvédère and outdoor areas in Heerenveen/Oranjewoud. The Museum is situated on the Oranjewoud estate, with splendid gardens and water features and a rich cultural history. NOTE: PART OF ARENA IS EXTENDED – by popular demand – UNTIL 14th AUGUST!!

The Memory of the Future at Musée de l’Elysée

May 24, 2016 3:26 pm Published by

I m so pleased to be included in this provocative exhibition at the Musée de l’Elysée.

The Memory of the Future. Photographic Dialogues between Past, Present and Future, the Musée de l’Elysée encourages contemporary artists to take a close look at photography as a medium, innovates as it reveals a 3D digitization technology developed by Artmyn, a spin-off from Lausanne’s Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), and displays its unique visual heritage.

The exhibition opens up a dialogue between the work of the pioneers of photographic techniques (the past), those of contemporary artists that breathe new life into these skills (the present), and avant-garde technologies that update these early processes (the future).

Works from the museum’s collections, contemporary artists and new technologies come face to face and join forces to give a brand new vision of the history of photography.

A book covering the exhibition is also available


Tatyana Franck, Musée de l’Elysée, assisted by Lydia Dorner and Emilie Delcambre


The Women And The Waves 2

April 27, 2016 6:48 pm Published by

I’m stoked to have been part of the new film, The Women And The Waves 2, by Heather Hudson. Here’s a fabulous clip of us making the group tintype portrait.

Next Screening in Santa Barbara, California

Music* Films* Benefit for Heal the Ocean
Saturday, May 21 * 6pm * Tickets available online:

If you’re in Santa Cruz, CA the film will be screening Saturday, May 7th at Sawyer Land and Sea Supply.

AIPAD 2016

April 7, 2016 1:16 pm Published by

Image: 15.09.13 #6 Elephant Guns, Hossegor, France 8×10 inch Unique Tintype 2015, From the series Surfland

New large format tintypes from the series SURFLAND at AIPAD, Rick Wester Fine Art, Booth 102.

April 14-17, 2016

Park Avenue Armory

643 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10065

Show hours: Thursday-Saturday 11-7 and Sunday 11-6 PM

harris fohel aipad

Installation photo courtesy Harris Fogel

PechaKucha Night Friday, March 11th

March 7, 2016 10:54 am Published by

The Parrish Art Museum in Southampton hosts a PechaKucha only a few times a year. Artists, designers, chefs, gardeners, writers and storytellers all gather together to tell their story with words and pictures in 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Join us on Friday, March 11th from 6-8PM. I’ll be there! For tickets, click here.



November 24, 2015 3:45 pm Published by

Aloha friends! This year, several of my tintypes will be traveling with Rick Wester Fine Art to Miami for the PULSE contemporary art fair. If you are in Miami, please do stop by! The fair is recognized as a platform for both established and emerging galleries to present their artists to an international audience, and also provides an exciting environment for visitors to discover new work by some of the most compelling contemporary artists today.

This year, the fair will be open to the public from Tuesday, December 1st – Saturday, December 5th. For visitor information and ticket pricing, click here.

My tintypes will be shown in booth N-209, though I do encourage you to really explore all of the fair.

The Women and The Waves 2

November 19, 2015 11:26 pm Published by

Last week I was in Paris, but before that I flew to Santa Barbara to photograph a group shot for the new Women and The Waves film by Heather Hudson. We came together from points east, west, north and south, meeting at the beach on a beautiful Saturday in November.

This image was made with an 11×14 camera.



November 16, 2015 7:50 pm Published by

This tragedies of this past week’s events put an end to so many lives and our best laid plans. It’s with a heavy heart and great sadness that my visit to this incredibly beautiful city ended so abruptly. Stay strong Paris.

Upcoming Book Signing

October 28, 2015 6:14 pm Published by

I’m delighted to announce that I will be having a book signing at Paris Photo Grand Palais this year. I will be signing copies of my newest monograph, Surf Site Tin Type, which is now in its second printing. If you happen to be in Paris, please stop by the fair to say hello and pick up your copy. The Grand Palais, a beautiful building in the heart of Paris, is located near the Louvre museum, at the Avenue Winston Churchill.

This year, over 140 galleries from 33 countries will exhibit photographic work spanning time, medium, and location, showcasing the versatility and breadth of photography. Many galleries will have small exhibitions of select photographers’ work, while other foundations will host artist talks and lectures, signings, and photo-book awards. While the fair’s full list of programming certainly is exciting, I hope that you can join me at the Damiani booth EE19 on Saturday, November 14th, at 4PM. 

I look forward to seeing you there!



October 25, 2015 4:05 pm Published by

Yesterday I was listening to The Last Cowboy Song on youtube and because there’s no moving images, they presented a slide show where I came across this image. It reminded me of a tintype I shot last year in California. What do you think, was I channeling an age old tradition of cowboy dreams?

A Handmade Book

August 23, 2015 11:54 pm Published by

Many years ago I bought a handmade book with an antique tintype of a woman embedded into the cover. I intended to turn the book into a photo album of my pictures or maybe even my father’s. However, as I assessed the pictures in my archive and my fathers, I found none that I deemed worthy of this book with a beautiful cover. It remains blank to this day. The tintype on the cover beguiled me with the importance and meaning of a portrait. I did not know when I discovered this book, that I would one day be making tintypes myself.

The art and craft of making wet-plate collodion, tintypes is elaborate and dirty work. The silver nitrate used to sensitize the plates can oxidize on your skin and form a dark brown stain. The process is a finicky one that necessitates patience, experience and a touch of luck to make a good plate. It requires a portable darkbox or tent to sensitize and develop your plates in while on location. Your plates are the same size as the back of your camera, so if you want large plates, you must have a large camera.

The tin is coated with collodion (a mixture of gun cotton, alcohol and ether) and poured by hand on to your plate. It’s then sensitized in a bath of silver nitrate for several minutes. Once that’s done it’s placed into the back of the camera and it’s ready for exposure. Exposure times are guesstimated, and because the process is a wet one, the speed of the medium is very slow. My exposures range from ½ second to minutes, depending on subject matter, lens and light.

The next step is development, which is done in the dark box. Once developed and rinsed, the plate is taken out of the dark box and into the daylight where it’s fixed. This is the moment of excitement and discovery. As the plate is submerged into the fixer bath it transforms right in front of your eyes. It goes from looking like a bluish negative to becoming a positive image on blackened metal…in essence, a tintype.

This dark art, the craft of collodion is like old-fashioned magic. There are potions and elixirs that stain your fingers and have a strong smell. There is a dark box with a cloth of mystery and enchantment. There is a feeling of anticipation and exhilaration as each plate emerges from the fixer. The sense of collaboration is palpable, as my subjects and I both wait for the image to clear, to see if we each held up our end and made a good picture.