Back to the 1850s: Retro Portraits at the Hester Street Fair

All photos courtesy of Justin Borucki.

Here’s something out of the ordinary at the Hester Street Fair. On Saturdays through the end of this month, photographer Justin Borucki is creating his one-of-a-kind portraits using a wet-plate method that went out of style in the 1850s.

Oddly enough giving its name, tintype is a handmade photo-making technique in which negatives are printed on aluminum instead of tin. Jason has set up a mobile photography studio and a darkroom on wheels, which he’s used to document scenes and people throughout the Lower east Side and Chinatown in the past year. At the Hester Street Fair, the setup allows him to produce a unique photo in just a few minutes.

Borucki is best known as a celebrity photographer. You may have seen his photos of the┬áRolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood or Pharrell Williams. He’ll be at the fair each Saturday in August from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Each portrait costs $45. Have a look at some of his original photos below.