Lindsay Lohan, Alpha-Ation, Walter & Zoniel, 2015 – British artist duo Walter & Zoniel have made photographic art history at Photo London 2016 by creating the world's largest Tintype -- a life-size portrait of British designer Paul Smith.
This is not the first time the art-duo has shot individuals in the public eye. In 2015, for their Alpha-Ation series -- "an ode to the modern day relationship with 'The Portrait' and our everyday acts of adulation" -- Walter and Zoniel shot actors Lindsay Lohan and Emily Watson, photographer Ellen Von Unworth and musician Tinie Tempah, among others.
Tinie Tempah, Alpha-Ation, Walter & Zoniel, 2015 – Walter & Zoniel began to turn away from digital camera methods and employ early photographic techniques -- making use of not only tintypes but also ambrotypes, pigment and salt printing -- in 2008. "We like the uniqueness and individuality of it", they explained.
Artist Zoniel stands in front of the large bright lights of their Tintype camera. Each subject is required to stand for up to 30 seconds without moving for the image to be captured. To prepare and calm them for this intense experience, Zoniel (using her background in Buddhism) first talks them though a gentle meditation.
Zoniel, The Untouchables, 2016, Walter + Zoniel – The title of the series The Untouched references the fact that there is no ability or need to retouch or alter the images, as the means of their creation is ethereal. The title is also a nod to the exalted status of the subjects within the eyes of the public.
Eddie Redmayne, Reflecting The Bright Lights, 2011 – As part of their 2010-2013 project Reflecting The Bright Lights -- a glass portrait series on the emerging stars of the arts, fashion and music world -- the artists captured talents Eddie Redmayne, Alice Dellal, Jaimie Winston and Oliver Sim (the XX) before they rose to fame.
Emily Watson, Alpha-Ation, Walter & Zoniel, 2015 – "Ideas are recognized so much more as a commodity these days, so on the one hand people are very precious about their ideas but on the other they want to spread their ideas as quickly as possible. You can have an idea and seconds later it can be on the other side of the world, consequently that doesn't lead to much development."
Lulu Kennedy, Alpha-Ation, Walter & Zoniel, 2015 – "In this post digital age there is definitely a swing of the pendulum back to process based work, back to people making things slowly with their hands, things that have a tangible output." -- Zoniel
Andreas Kronthaler, Alpha-Ation, Walter & Zoniel, 2015 – "It's about creating things that no one has ever done before, there's no politics, no satire - it's just about creating unique, aesthetically beautiful objects that stand out. And about capturing the moment, of course."
April Ashley, Alpha-Ation, Walter & Zoniel, 2015 – Recent additional projects by Walter & Zoniel include a performance-practice installation at Tate Britain, titled Salt Print Selfie, and site specific public installations in Miami, San Francisco and Liverpool.
Daniel Lismore, Alpha-Ation, Walter & Zoniel, 2015 – In July Walter & Zoniel will be continuing The Untouched at the V&A, where they will be turning the museum's Prince Consort room into a camera to shoot their next round of "icons". In total they expect to capture between fifteen and twenty subjects.