David Hamilton: art or pornography?

David Hamilton, born in 1933, is a controversial photographer and film maker who is famous for portraying young girls in nostalgic settings with a soft focus. Most of the young girls he shoots are nude or semi-nude which is why he has been accused of making child pornography instead of art. I believe this controversy mainly started because of some pedophile scandals which rightly upset and worried a lot of people. I’m still making up my mind about these photographs, and I must say that his pictures with clothed girls are  my favourites so far. But I do not believe we should link these pictures, which are quite innocent and extremely beautiful, with pedophily or perversities. These pictures remind me of a long lost paradise where everyone is happy, young and innocent. Hamilton has inspired a lot of fashion designers, fellow photographers and film directors who have adopted this thirst for nostalgia in their work. What do you think about it? Perverse or Beautiful?

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One thought on “David Hamilton: art or pornography?

  1. Since I’m not easily disgusted or alarmed by photographs (I mean, isn’t art always supposed to shock in a way?), I’m definitely leaning towards beautiful. I especially like the first photograph (i.e., the one with the dove). Thank you for making David Hamilton a dot on my radar :).

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