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 portable darkbox. My work is in the collection of the Berkeley Art Museum, and has shown at the Oakland Museum of California, the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles, SF Camerawork, and the Headlands Center for the Arts where I was a graduate fellow. 


Before opening my own studio, I was a 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:

Kari Orvik Tintype Studio

Kari Orvik offers fine art tintype portraits from her San Francisco studio, and is available for events in San Francisco, Oakland and beyond
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