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Online History of Photography Lecture
Brenton Hamilton
Walker Evans’ American Context:
A Book of Our Times & People
Thursday, April 27, 4:00 – 5:30pm PST
$25  (Purchase tickets below)

Join historian Brenton Hamilton in a special guided walk-through of Walker Evans’ important book: American Photographs, first published in 1938 by MoMA.

This seminal book is a declaration for new ways to see images of America – its early 20th century scene, its psyche, its people and architectural patrimony. Evans had a keen sense for cultural iconography and a keener sense of how America felt at a certain time in our development.

The book itself is a tour de force of pacing, intellectual gaze, and symbolic vocabulary of the times. Its photographic basis – new and vital.

Brenton will provide a context and an analysis of this book’s content and its time and influence. All significant to photography and its development in the 20th century.

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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