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Image: Brett Weston, Bird Dune, Oceano, 1934

Online History of Photography Class
Brenton Hamilton: The History of Abstraction and The Medium of Photography
Wednesday, December 8, 2:30-4:00pm PST

Sign up and secure your spot below before 6:00pm December 7. Space is limited. We will meet through Zoom conferencing and a URL will be sent to those who register the evening before.

Brenton Hamilton will discuss the emergence of abstraction in photography as a new aesthetic that bursts onto the scene. This interests us because in the 19th century medium, photographs made with the lens are primarily associated with description and realness.

As we so often encounter, photography is tethered to the development of culture. So this emergence is influenced by the world itself. Early 20th century changes – radical shifts in perception, technology and conflict and the evolving human psyche, all contribute to this new and radical form of images made with the camera lens. Don’t miss this exciting 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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