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Online History Class: Brenton Hamilton
The Dusseldorf School 1970’s and 80’s
Tuesday, June 22, 2:30-4:00pm

Purchase your spot below before 6:00pm June 21. 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 for an examination of the work and aesthetics of the Dusseldorf School of Photography. This loosely formed group of practitioners formed around Bernd and Hilla Becher in the 1970’s and was devoted to a kind of objective gaze and avowed documentary stance. This work is related to New Topographics ideas and philosophy, but grows via its students: Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, and Candida Höfer. An aesthetic power house emerges from this group and the influence on contemporary photography is ongoing.

The impactful legacy of this work is a change in perception in how we understand the world.

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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