Levels: Beginner, Intermediate (4 credits)
This is a lecture course introducing the discovery of photography and influences in visual culture in the 19th century up to approximately 1935. Lectures and discussions along with extensive readings guide the students to understanding the advent of technology and visual images related to photography. Essays and exams are components of this course. As we are inundated with images in the technological era – this course provides perspectives on origins and cultural influences.
Instructor: Brenton Hamilton
Header Image: ©Madhura Srinivas (PCVS graduate 2016)
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 Photograph. Brenton is an enthusiastic instructor 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. 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.