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David Hamilton (1933 - )
Bilitis (1977) - David Hamilton [Amazon.com]
David Hamilton (born April 15, 1933) is a photographer from Britain.
Opposite to many other photographers, there is no ugliness and pain in his work. No sharp edges to cut the soul on. Hamilton is a lover of beauty. In flowers, objects, seascapes, and women. His works are remembrances of times lost when innocence and beauty were the norm.
DazeReader states that "Hamilton's work is controversial in North America and Britain, less so in continental Europe. In the late 1990s, christian conservatives in the US protested bookstores which stocked books by David Hamiton, Sally Mann and Jock Sturges, whose work the protestors considered 'child pornography.' Hamilton lives and works in southern France, where he says his work elicits no such social opprobrium." --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hamilton_%28British_photographer%29 [Apr 2005]
Bilitis (1977) - David Hamilton [...]
Writing credits Catherine Breillat Pierre Lou˙s (novel)
Plot Outline: A coming of age story centering on the exploits of a young girl during summer vacation. --http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075753/
The Age of Innocence - David Hamilton [Amazon US]
In another context, it might be worth differentiating between the work of Sally Mann (an extraordinary artist), Jock Sturges (a second-tier artist), and David Hamilton (no artist at all, IMHO). But in this context, maybe not. Because the very question of whether a work of art or would-be art has a "positive, innocuous, or pernicious" effect presupposes a relationship between art and behavior that I find simple-minded. --©1998 Stephen Schiff and Nerve.com
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