For our Fall 2016 issue, Catherine Venable Moore investigated the 1931 Hawk’s Nest Tunnel Disaster, which buried more than 700 workers in anonymity, many of them African-American; this event is still considered the worst industrial disaster in U.S. history. In our pages, the story was made all the more impactful by Lisa Elmaleh’s commissioned wet-plate collodion photographs. Here, Elmaleh shares additional photographs from her journey in West Virginia and her daybook from the trip.
Janice Birchfield poses with a washtub bass that's taller than she is.
Against a backdrop of chopped wood, Ralph Roberts holds his fiddle to his shoulder.
These photos, captured on tintypes, seem to transcend any specific point in time. They were taken by Lisa Elmaleh as part of her project "American Folk" -- a portrait series documenting folk musicians in and around the Appalachian Mountains.View
When Brooklyn, New York-based photographer Lisa Elmaleh travels in pursuit of her ongoing projects, her Toyota truck functions as her darkroom and living space. Elmaleh, who uses the wet-plate collodion process to make tintypes and images from glass negatives, has driven the truck, following the Appalachian Mountains, through Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee, and taken it on repeated trips through the Florida Everglades.