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History of Photography Class
Brenton Hamilton: California, Larry Sultan
Tuesday, December 6, 6:00 – 7:00pm

Sign up and secure your spot below before 6:00pm December 5. Space is limited. We will meet through Zoom conferencing and a URL will be sent to those who register the evening before.

Please welcome Brenton Hamilton back to the stage (the Zoom stage that is) with his latest contemporary history of photography lecture at CPA!

Larry Sultan, one of photography’s great practitioners and conceptualists from the California ideas of later mid-20th century America, made work in hybrid forms. Hamilton’s lecture will place this work in this Cali-conceptualist atmosphere and look at Sultan’s signature projects. From the famous excavated photo files of American corporations to his hallmark “Pictures from Home.”

Hamilton will provide a historical base for the rise of the conceptual, especially as photography and look at the Larry Sultan pictures themselves. Their poise, their Californian-ness and their fact and fiction. Larry Sultan a photographer and educator interrogating suburban life with a lens.

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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