“Tintypes: A Community Portrait,” the first showcase of the 2018-2019 Triangle Community Artists Gallery exhibition season.
Leah Sobsey and Tim Telkamp were the recipients of the first Click! Photography Festival PIC Grant. The goal of the project, Tintypes: A Community Portrait was to engage with the community and bring people together through the wet plate collodion photography process. The idea was similar to that of the bookmobile or the ice cream truck where people come out of their houses and on to the street to engage with each other and in the process, create a large community portrait. The project had them taking their mobile tintype unit out into the community, setting up across the Triangle in downtown Durham, in Habitat for Humanity worksites and neighborhoods, and finally at a residential/warehouse/art- studio located in Raleigh. Hoping to include a few participants from each location, instead what happened was an overwhelming interest from the community. Their sessions were filled by noon with some electing to wait in line for hours to get a tintype made. In the end, they made over 80 tintype portraits and in the spirit of a true collaboration, families, friends, couples, and individuals came out to participate in the mobile tintype project. Sitters decided how they wanted to pose while collaborating with the artists to create their own unique portrait. In the true spirit of community, this project aims to bring people together through and bridge art and community in a collaborative process.
August 10 – January 31, 2019
2nd Floor of the Frontier at RTP 800 Park Offices Dr., Suite 201, Research Triangle Park
(This exhibition is viewable by appointment. Please call the Triangle Community Foundation front desk to schedule a viewing. 919.474.8370)