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Photo by Bea Nettles

Online History Lecture: Brenton Hamilton
Early Alchemists: 1970’s Practice & The Handmade Image
Tuesday, April 27, 2:30-4:00pm PST
$25  /  Limit 60

Purchase your spot below before 5:00pm April 26. We will meet through Zoom conferencing and a URL will be sent to those who register the evening before.

Photography stretches its vocabulary in the late 1970’s. Innovation, veiled critique of gender and craft and extremes of photographic printmaking emerged with the practices of the new alchemists during this period. Join historian Brenton Hamilton as he wanders through a survey of this vital period when photography derived from a new kind of mark making.

Thomas Barrow, Robert Fichter, Syl Labrot, Betty Hahn, Keith Smith, Bea Nettles, and William Larson make up this group of experimentalists who established the foundations of alternative processes in photography. Don’t miss this riveting lecture about the wild 70’s and how these practitioners changed the idea of the handmade image.

Brenton Hamilton is an historian and renowned educator and also a working artist who’s especially dedicated to using 19th century photographic 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 personal work. In addition to his practice, Brenton is an educator at Maine Media Workshops and has taught there for nearly 30 years. Brenton’s work has been exhibited internationally and is held in many public and private collections. His monograph, A Blue Idyll, was published in the fall of 2020 by Schilt Publishing. To see more of Brenton’s personal work or to order a signed copy of his book, please visit his website. >

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