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Online History of Photography Lecture
Brenton Hamilton
Early Walker Evans: His Treatment of Subject
Thursday, February 9, 4:00 – 5:30pm PST
$25  (Purchase ticket below)

In his continuing series, Hamilton will be discussing early photographs of Walker Evans. Covering a range of subjects, Brenton will look at Evans’ incisive gaze – his visual economics and influences from the avant-garde of the 1920’s and the American cultural scene of the 30’s.

Evans’ approach to images and the cultures that surround them will be the basis of this analysis of his work. This fast paced lecture will work to provide new insights of the photographs of one of the 20th century’s most important voices in photography.

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 was an educator at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine and taught these materials and methodologies for nearly 30 years to 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. He is currently a professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

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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