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.
"When we make these things at the sink, when we're realizing the print with chemistry, there's this moment where the image appears – it's dynamic, it reveals itself in a special way – and it's a magical moment."