Joseph Hartman: Hamilton
5 May ― 20 August 2016
ARTIST’S TALK: Thursday 5 May at 6 pm
Insights on the artist’s workflow from camera to Photoshop to printing
RECEPTION: Thursday 5 May, 7 – 9 pm
This summer, the McMaster Museum of Art is pleased to present the work of artist / photographer Joseph Hartman, selections from his on-going photograph series, Hamilton.
Born in Barrie Ontario, 1978, Joseph Hartman received his MSc in Kinesiology from McMaster University in 2004. Although accepted into medical school he decided to pursue photography and for several years apprenticed with the internationally acclaimed Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky. Joseph Hartman is now based in Hamilton and is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto.
This summer McMaster Museum of Art in the Community is also sponsoring an exhibition of Joseph Hartman’s work at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas in the TBA Artspace.
“I moved to Hamilton in 2007 from the small rural community of Lafontaine, Ontario, where I had lived for most of my life. I found Hamilton to be disorienting and confusing so I began to photograph it as a way of understanding my new home. In 2008, when I began to photograph Hamilton, the global financial crisis had begun. The steel factories, long a symbol of Hamilton, were being taken over by foreign companies who were downsizing operations. Sensing a shift in Hamilton’s dominant features I began photographing the surrounding landscape, and the working class neighbourhoods. I was fascinated by the gritty personality of the people. Having survived decades of poor economic conditions the recession was business as usual for them. I continue to photograph Hamilton, as I remain captivated by the people and landscape that personify and define this city. “
– Joseph Hartman