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Online History Class: Brenton Hamilton
The Life and Times of Edward Curtis
Wednesday, November 3, 2:30-4:00 PST
$25  /  Register below

Sign up and secure your spot below before 6:00pm November 2. Space is limited. We will meet through Zoom conferencing and a URL will be sent to those who register the evening before.

Brenton will be discussing and presenting an illustrated lecture on the life and times of Edward Curtis. His important primary works, both documentary and staged, were made in the American West in the turn of the century.

These complex photographs show liberties taken with the truth – and representation.

Curtis intensely devoted his life’s work to this massive and unparalleled project, The North American Indian. He made audio recordings, photographic albums and more. These photographs show a rare and special culture that Curtis was intent on capturing before it was destroyed. Asserting anthropology, framed by hubris and challenges to the idea of truth and document and the capacity of photography to show it. Don’t miss this important lecture.


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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