Young French photographer/activist/artist, JR, (he goes by his initials), has made the urban world his own outdoor photo gallery. He's posted his billboard-size photographs -- usually portraits of people who live in the same area -- on the sides of buildings, on rooftops, wrapped around whole train cars, on the houses the cover a ghetto slum hillside, and even on the wall that divides Israel from Palestine. His work is at once compassionate and provocative. He won the $100,000 TED prize in 2011, and here is his funny yet passionate speech about how he tries to use art to change the world. Inspiring!
We took a trip to the Mission District in San Francisco, California to talk to Michael Shindler, co-founder of Photobooth. Photobooth serves as both a retail space for classic camera gear, a gallery and most interesting a tintype portrait studio. We talked to Michael about the ins and outs of the tintype process, and the old school methods used to create the stunning portraits.