Surfland.
Photographs by Joni Sternbach.
photolucida, 2009. 80 pp., 52 illustrations, 10x8½".

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Publisher's Description
Sternbach makes her photographs in tintype, a labor-intensive technique little changed since it’s invention in the 1850s. Spontaneous and unpredictable, the streaks and tonal variations in the finished photographs reflect their hand-made character, the corners rubbed where they were held in the camera.

Posing on rocky outcrops, in front of uprooted trees, or on thick mats of woody flotsam, Sternbach’s surfers inhabit strange landscapes. The best of Sternbach’s photographs convey insistent longing. They are about relationships – the relationship between surfer and board, between human and landscape, between photographer and subject, and between the surfers themselves...she has discovered a new sort of home – a place without walls, defined only by belonging and the physicality of existence.

About the Limited Editions

Edition of 50, signed and presented in a slipcase.
Edition of 20, signed and with an archival inkject print (choice of one of two prints) presented in a slipcase. View Print 09.07.26 #6 Valerie (listed below as Folio1) View Print 08.08.04 #5 Hawaiian Ed (listed below as Folio2)

Print image size is 7 x8 1/2' on 8 7/16 x 9 5/8' paper from a unique 8x10' tintype The slip cover is 9 1/8 x 10 3/8 x 1 1/8' outside dimension. The print is in the folio. Both folio and book fit inside slipcase.


Edition of 10, signed with a unique tintype (10 different images) and presented in a clamshell box. View all the tintype images choices for this edition. Please note that the edition could sell out at any time.



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