PROVENANCE: Courtesy of the Artist
Surfland is a series of tintype photographs made with the wet plate collodion process on beaches around the globe. Photographed on Oahu, this image is of an original Lightning Bolt is from the Greg Lui-Kwan Collection.
Joni Sternbach uses large format cameras and early photographic processes to explore the present-day landscape and to make environmental portraits. Her work centers on our relationship with water. Her long-term projects involve the pursuit of understanding the American West and the series Surfland, which captures portraits of surfers in tintype.
Sternbach’s work is held in many international and public collections including the National Portrait Gallery in London, Joslyn Museum, MOCA Jacksonville, Nelson Atkins Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She is the recipient of several grants including NYFA and CAPS and Santo Foundation.