Join Brenton H. in a week long journey through the history of photography - its practice, its distinct and often unusual forms.
Brenton Hamilton has been leading classes in the History of Photography for over 20 years on the Workshops campus. This week is a fun and inspiring workshop to learn about the medium and its progress and to experience demonstrations in our unique Historic Process laboratory devoted to 19th Century techniques. As well as listening to illustrated lectures about various periods in photography, you will observe the earliest photographic methods in the field. Brenton will perform: Talbots process, the French paper calotype,  collodion in it's three forms, the cyanotype and platinum. Students will also have a chance to make cyanotypes on paper and cloth.
There will be a museum visit and some field work for students to photograph in the Georgetown and Phippsburg coastal area on the Maine Coast where many Photo Secessionists worked in the summers in Maine.


Brenton Hamilton

Brenton Hamilton holds his MFA in photography, earned in 1992, from the Savannah College of Art & Design. He is the Chair of the Professional Certificate in Visual Storytelling program at Maine Media College.

His teaching specialties include, B&W Craft,  Historic Processes, and the History of Photography at Maine Media College. Brenton is an enthusiastic workshop leader exhibiting special care and interest in the teaching process and for his students.

Brenton’s own work is inspired by the 19th century and has become a principal area of research and inspiration both as a historian and a printmaker. Devoted to the cyanotype, Brenton’s embellished images are exhibited nationally and are held in the permanent collections at the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine and the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine. Current projects include publishing OBSCURA, a quarterly magazine devoted to contemporary issues and on going studio work.  Brenton's work is represented by TILT Gallery in Scottsdale Arizona and in Maine at Susan Maasch Fine Art in Portland.  In January, 2017 The University of Maine Museum of Art installed a mid-career retrospective of his decades of practice.

Course Dates

Aug 6 to Aug 12



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