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Andrea Jarvis Hamilton (born Lima, Peru in 1968) is a fine-art photographer currently living between the UK and the US. She is known for her monumental lightboxes of natural phenomena like icebergs and for candid portraits of London's creative personalities, among other themes. Her work encompasses several photographic genres including portraiture, street photography and landscape, and questions subjects as varied as climate change, identity or place as they relate to other creative disciplines. Her work also emphasises the unseen or the overlooked within contemporary societies and how they relate to the Western world. Hamilton has been short-listed for several notable photography prizes including the 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, Chantel Paul’s Honorable Mention at The Centre for Fine Art Photography in Colorado, the 9th Arte Laguna Prize and the Judges Choice at the AOP Open Awards 2013. She is represented by Delahunty Fine Art in London, UK.

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Biography

Andrea Jarvis Hamilton was born in Peru but by her teens had lived in Mexico City, Minneapolis and London. A passionate photographer in her youth, she went on to study law at university before joining S.G. Warburg as an Equity Analyst in Latin American Mining. In this role she continued to travel, cementing a love of natural landscapes and an awareness of climate change. After leaving to have a family, Hamilton did not return to business, choosing to study photography at Photofusion and traditional print methods at the Black and White School. As well as working as an artist, Hamilton also runs AHStudio, an art space based in Belgravia and established in 2014.

Artistic style

Hamilton works across multiple photographic genres including fine art, landscape, urban photography and street photography. Hamilton's works frequently examine the durational capacity of photography which implies the contingency of both past and future as related in Roland Barthes’ notion of time. On one hand, Hamilton detains the landscape in a sort of infinite present that transforms the image into a haiku poem, as it occurs in her series Tidal Resonance, shown at Delahunty in 2014. On the other hand, her portraits remind the audience that posing in front of the camera entails the enactment of the future emphasising the timelessness and dignity of her subjects, as seen in her surreal portraits of children in Wondrous Strange. Hamilton also employs photography to create images that bring out the emotional potential of an environment, achieving images that are both personal and universal. Her approach to landscape is indebted to the rigour of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and disciples such as Thomas Ruff, Andreas Gursky and Axel Hütte. Her street photography is driven by "the prospect of witnessing something special and spontaneous", as evidenced in her London Every Day series in which a daily snapshot of London shows the changing seasons of the year. Her street photography is notable for its acute sensitivity to and understanding of natural light, and its ability to morph the ordinary into something strange and sometimes otherworldly. Many of Hamilton’s images call to mind the work of photographers Jeff Wall or Philip-Lorca diCorcia.

Books

Hamilton has published three books of photographs. Her first, AH20, published in 2014, collects together the works created under the series Tidal Resonance and Luminous Icescapes, and includes an introduction by Rabih Hage and essays by Anthony Downey and Ben Eastham. In 2015 she was also one of the noted photographers commissioned to photograph London's creative scene. Edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi and Maryam Eisler, London Burning: Portraits of a Creative City "features interviews and specially-commissioned photographs that introduce creative personalities young and old, set against the variegated scenes they inhabit, tracing the city’s sparking of change across architecture, theatre, dance, fashion, media, music, design and the visual and culinary arts". Among the celebrated names photographed and interviewed are Edmund de Waal, Tamara Rojo, Nicolas Serota, Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Matthew Slotover Another recent book, London Every Day, features street photography and looks at the beauty and creativity of regular life. It was commissioned by The Mayor’s Fund for London, the patron of which is Mayor Boris Johnson. London Every Day includes an introduction by Charlotte Cotton, ICP Curator-in-Residence plus images choices and contributions from David Adjaye, John Frieda, Anish Kapoor, Sir Elton John, Mary McCartney, Martin Sorrell and Charlize Theron among others.

Exhibitions

  • 2016 Art Southampton Pavilion Art/Bastion Gallery, New York, USA - group show
  • 2015 London Every Day, London City Hall, UK - group show
  • 2015 The Center for Fine Art Photography, USA - group show Landscapes
  • 2015 9th International Arte Laguna Prize, Italy - group show
  • 2014 Bayeux, UK - solo show, selection of works
  • 2014 Delahunty Fine Art, UK - solo show Water Works
  • 2012 The Royal Photographic Society 155th International Print Exhibition - group show
  • 2012 Sony World Photography Awards 2012 - group show
  • 2011 Old Court House Arts Center, USA - group show
  • 2011 The Art Council Annual Juried Exhibition, USA - group show
  • 2016 The Blue Edition. 68 Kinnerton Street, London
  • Prizes

  • 2015 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers - finalist
  • 2015 Landscape Awards, The Center for Fine Art Photography, USA - Juror's Honorable Mention
  • 2015 9th International Arte Laguna Prize, Italy – Finalist
  • 2014 Royal Photographic Society, UK – Finalist
  • 2014 International Photography Awards (IPA) – Honorable Mention
  • 2013 AOP Open Awards 2013 - Judges Choice
  • 2011 AOP Open Awards 2011 - Shortlist
  • References

    Andrea Hamilton Wikipedia


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