Photo Op — Curtis Hamilton, The Value of People
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The Value of People

Curtis Hamilton


Title: The Value of People, 2013 
Size: 20 inches x 24 inches
Medium: Pigment print 
Edition size: 9
Price: $500

About the work:

The Value of People is a close-up photograph of an envelope, a piece of junk mail offering a student loan consolidation plan with a particularly high interest rate.  It is one in a series of images I have been making over the last years as the mail comes in.  These photographs, like the structures of credit and debt they represent, are abstractions.  They are hypnotic, black humored jokes aimed at the intangibility of these systems, all the while beholden to their lone paper-physical trace.  


Curtis Hamilton received an MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies from the International Center of Photography – Bard College in 2011. He was awarded the New Photography Grant from the Humble Arts Foundation for 2011-12.  He has recently participated in exhibitions at The Gowanus Ballroom, The Flash Forward Photography Festival, The Lishui Museum of Photography, and at The Port Authority Bus Terminal, and his work has been featured on Whitewall Magazine.  He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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