About Kari

About Kari

(photo by Giulia Leoni)

After moving to the Bay Area from Alaska in 1994, I learned to make photographs using film, alternative darkroom processes, and by setting up public portrait studios at various locations around San Francisco. These same elements of hands-on photography and the opportunity to meet different kinds of people of all ages continue to propel my tintype portrait practice.

I also incorporate tintypes into my fine art photography, sometimes choosing to be outside the studio, creating tintypes from a darkbox in the trunk of my car that record time passing in urban and natural settings. My work has shown at the Berkeley Art Museum, the Headlands Center for the Arts where I was a graduate fellow, SF Camerawork, SoMarts and on the cover of San Francisco Magazine.

From 2012-2014, I was a studio tintype portrait photographer at Photobooth SF (a commercial tintype portrait studio). I look forward to meeting all those who are curious about getting a portrait done using this historic process (even those who don't like being photographed, which is most of us!) and I try to make the experience as comfortable as possible for you and your loved ones. 

Find me on Instagram!  @kariorviktintypes

Thank you to Andrew Harris at Fiilex LED for shooting this short video: