Photo: Lauren Lancaster

TinType Photos Capture the 99U Conference in Vintage Style

One of the coolest additions to this year’s 99U Conference was an incredible TinType Photobooth presented by Pentax, where photographer Michael Shindler shot portraits of speakers, staff, and attendees. Made by hand on 4″ x 5″ metal plates, tintypes are unique images that capture the intensity of the individual personality in the tradition of 19th-century photography. Or, put another way, they transform respectable creatives into hard-bitten bank robbers, coal miners, and cowboys.For a behind-the-scenes look at the tintype process, check out this video from our curation partners at Cool Hunting. Then scroll down for a look at our 19-century-style 99U portraits of Baratunde Thurston, Alexis Ohanian, Rilla Alexander, Jenn Hyman, and more.

Photobooth: A Cool Hunting video premiere for the 99U Conference
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99U Speaker Alexis Ohanian // Co-Founder, Reddit
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99U Speaker Baratunde Thurston // Author, How To Be Black
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99U Speaker Jennifer Hyman // Co-Founder & CEO, Rent the Runway
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99U Speaker Charlie Todd // Founder, Improv Everywhere
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99U Speaker Rilla Alexander // Co-Founder & Illustrator, Rinzen
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99U Speaker Jad Abumrad // Creator & Host, Radiolab
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99U Speaker & Host, Scott Belsky // Co-Founder & CEO, Behance
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99U Speaker Alexis Madrigal // Senior Editor, The Atlantic
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99U Speaker Keith Yamashita // Chairman, SYPartners
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99U Director & Executive Producer, Jocelyn K. Glei
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Matias Corea //
Behance Co-Founder & Chief of Design
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Josh Rubin //
Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Cool Hunting
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Tintypes packaged and ready for pickup

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In the booth at the 99U Conference with Michael Shindler
All tintype photos courtesy of Michael Shindler and Photobooth. All behind-the-scenes photos courtesy of Lauren Lancaster.

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As Editor-in-Chief and Director of 99U, Jocelyn K. Glei leads the 99U in its mission to provide the “missing curriculum” on making ideas happen. She oversees the Webby Award-winning 99u.com website, curates the popular 99U Conference, and is the editor of the 99U books, Manage Your Day-to-Day and Maximize Your Potential.
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