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Brenton Hamilton, Surrealism
Tuesday, August 25, 2:30-4:00pm
$35   /  Limit 55 students

Sign up and secure your spot below before 5:00pm, Monday, August 24.
We will meet through Zoom conferencing and a URL will be sent to those who register the evening before.

Photography plays a central role within Surrealism and the Surrealist activity in Europe – as a note taker and as a methodology. Join historian Brenton Hamilton as he reveals key images and photographs associated with the development of Surrealistic ideas and theory.

Photographs have a capacity to see beyond, to assert new possibilities, and render authority to new understandings. Proposing the uncanny and revealing the subconscious are photography’s great poise in this realm. The pictures that we will “tour” in this lecture are exciting and unusual in their countenance. Total new experiences to wonder and behold.

We will look at major figures and unusual pictures that catapult us to new meanings and assertions.

I am a working artist using photography, especially devoted to the use of 19th century photography methods in experimental ways. I have devoted my career to the history and practice of cyanotype, gum bichromate and platinum as base materials for my stories and images within my personal work. Frequently embellished with gold and silver and paint.

In addition to practice, I am an educator at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine and have taught these materials and methodologies for nearly 30 years to hundreds of students. I have an MFA in photography, exhibit regularly and I am 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 my work will be released in 2020. The essay was written by the critic, Lyle Rexer. To pre-order Brenton’s book, visit his website >


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