Explore Sofia Coppola’s latest with seven Beguiled tintype photos
Now playing in theaters, The Beguiled is the latest from Academy Award-winning writer and director Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides). Focus Features has now released a series of seven Beguiled tintype photos, showcasing the cast through an intricate process which requires the photographic material to be coated, sensitized, exposed, and developed within the span of about 15 minutes. Check them out, courtesy of photograher Sophie Caretta, in the gallery viewer below!
The Collodion process was invented in 1851 and, during the Civil War, it was the only choice for documenting the war and life at that time. Despite its shooting disadvantages and its laborious technique, its aesthetic qualities with imperfections define a mood and style grounded in the historical, physical qualities of photography. It’s a moving process where anything can happen; scratches, erosion, pitting, stains can appear and/or disappear in a magical way.
The Beguiled unfolds in a girls’ school in the state of Virginia in 1864. As the Civil War rages, The Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies has been sheltered from the outside world— until the day a wounded Union soldier is discovered nearby and taken in.
The film’s cast includes Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Oona Laurence, Emma Howard, Angourie Rice and Addison Riecke. Anne Ross is serving as production designer, marking her own fifth collaboration with Coppola. The film’s costume designer is Stacey Battat (their fourth collaboration). The director of photography on The Beguiled is Academy Award nominee Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster), and the movie was fully shot on 35mm film.
Which of these Beguiled tintype photos is your favorite? Have you caught the film yet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!