Becky Hill and Greta FitzGibbon are two of the musicians photographed by Lisa Elmaleh for her "American Folk" portrait series. The images are captured on tintypes, a type of photography that became popular in the 1850s. "I chose this process because it's a historical kind of music and it's a historical photographic process," Elmaleh said.
Jim Costa's porch in the Applachian region. Since 2010, Elmaleh has immersed herself in the community, photographing musicians in their own environment.
Ben Townsend poses for a portrait. Tintype photography requires a large amount of light, and subjects must remain still during long exposures.
Hannah Johnson holds her instrument. "I generally go to the musician's house," Elmaleh said. "The land, to me, is equally as important a character in the documentation of this music. I photograph them in their own landscape."
Ralph Roberts holds his fiddle in front of wood he chopped and stacked.
A closeup shot of Pat Shields and his mandolin.
Janice Birchfield and her washtub bass.
A group known as the Hogslop String Band poses for a photo. "It's been a really good journey getting to know the people that I've met through making these pictures," Elmaleh said.
Matthew McElroy sits for his portrait.
Matthew Kinman and Moses Nelligan lean against a tree.