Andrea Hamilton, born in Lima in 1968, travelled widely throughout her youth. Graduating from Brown University with a degree in Comparative Literature, she received a scholarship to study history of art in Florence and Siena. She then went on to complete a degree in Law at Oxford University followed by a Masters at NYU Law School and subsequently joined SG Warburg as an equity analyst specialising in Latin American mining. This role allowed her to travel and in the process cement her love of natural landscapes and her growing awareness of climate change. Inspired by her mother – an artist and interior designer – she chose to study contemporary photography and traditional print methods in London.
Best known for her monumental lightboxes of natural phenomena, Hamilton works across multiple genres including fine art, landscape, portraiture and street photography. 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 – notable for its acute sensitivity to and understanding of natural light – is driven by ‘the prospect of witnessing something special and spontaneous’.
Hamilton’s landscape photographs are commonly composed scenes idealizing nature. Sometimes she captures the ‘decisive moment’, other times she uses a selection of tools to recreate it. Regardless of technique, the result is a resounding impression of nature behaving in extraordinary and unexpected ways. Hamilton understands that reality is an intellectual construction and that photography is a tool for negotiating our construction of it. Employing the photographic image to bring out the emotional potential of an environment, she achieves images that are both personal and universal.
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, the AOP Open Awards in both 2011 and 2013 and the Sony World Photography Award in 2012. Hamilton also runs an art space – AHStudio – based in Belgravia and established in 2014.