David Hamilton: Twenty Five Years of an Artist

(Aurum Press, U.K., 1998)

One day in a little bookshop in Venice I came across a collection of Hamiltonís photographs and it inspired me to take photography seriously for the first time. Although many other artists have painted or photographed children nude in the past (e.g. Oxford professor Charles Dodgeson, a.k.a. Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland), the beauty of Hamiltonís portraits of children, adolescents and young women is unmatched by any other painter or photographer Iíve ever experienced. There are several different books available (as well as downloads from his web site), but this monograph is the best overall exhibition of his work. Hamilton's work is one reason why most modern definitions of "pornography" exclude work that has scientific or artistic merit. See for yourself.