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Image: Aaron Siskind, Martha’s Vineyard, 1954

Online History of Photography Class
Brenton Hamilton: Photography & Abstraction II, The Psyche & New Aesthetics
Wednesday, February 9, 2:30-4:00pm PST

Purchase your spot below before 6:00pm February 8. Space is limited. We will meet through Zoom conferencing and a URL will be sent to those who register the evening before.

Join Brenton Hamilton in an analysis of the Postwar period in American photographs and understand how abstraction becomes a voice in the American medium. We’ll visit the mid-20th canon and see the trends toward abstraction and consequently build a bridge to the current wide embrace of abstract practices in contemporary photography.

Brenton Hamilton is a working artist using photography, especially devoted to the use of 19th century photography methods in experimental ways. He has devoted his career to the history and practice of cyanotype, gum bichromate and platinum as base materials for his stories and images within his personal work, which is frequently embellished with gold and silver and paint.

In addition to his practice, Hamilton is an educator at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine and has taught these materials and methodologies for nearly 30 years to hundreds if not thousands of students. He has an MFA in photography, exhibits regularly and is a full time instructor working with students in darkroom techniques, the history and development of photography as a cultural force, and many disciplines within photography’s scope. A 25 year retrospective monograph highlighting Hamilton’s work has just been released in 2020. The essay was written by the critic, Lyle Rexer. To order A Blue Idyll, Hamilton’s beautiful book, visit his website >


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