Justine Roche’s work explores early photographic processes such as the wet collodion process or ‘tintype’ photography. She is drawn to this medium for its unpredictability and timeless aesthetic. Here / Now (2019) comprises 65 portraits of female art students who graduated from the National Art School in 2019.
Each image is directly exposed onto a metal plate and Roche’s sitters must hold a still expression while the photographic alchemy occurs. The result is ‘unique and inimitable’ writes Roche, ‘there are no negatives, no digital prints, no second chances’.
Images: Justine Roche, Here / Now, 2019, tintypes, 120 x 190 cm (overall); 10.16 x 12.7 cm (each), National Art School Collection, purchased 2019 © the artist