Born in London, 1946, China Hamilton spent four years studying Art and Design where he specialized in life drawing as well as fine art, graphic design and photography
After graduating college China Hamilton established London’s first specialist macro photography business, specializing in the photography of fine art antiques for dealers and the major London auction houses. He is something of a polymath, also having a passion for precision engineering. Hamilton has rebuilt and raced historic racing cars and motorcycles, plays traditional Irish Music and is also well know for his erotic short stories many of which have been published.
He strove to produce photographs that were each unique pieces of creative work. In this quest he mastered and improved many historic processes and has contributed to photographic science a number of new printing processes including making photographic images upon hand made watercolor paper and copper sheets.
Hamilton’s work has often examined the darker side of female sexuality alongside his more traditional erotic pictures. Much of his later work is inspired by sadomasochistic subjects. This particular theme has made this aspect of his work controversial though its reflection upon the power and private expression of women has brought a new sensitivity and respect to this subject.
His work is in many private collections around the world including the collection of the Museum of Erotic Art, Miami, USA. Over the past twenty years China Hamilton has been included in many exhibitions of erotic art and photography, and he had a one-man show at Editions Graphic Gallery in London’s West End.
Being one of the leading fine art photographers of the 20th century China Hamilton has been honoured with the award of Erotic Photographer of the year in 1996 and was selected as a Juror for the global 2007 Erotic Signature Competition.
China Hamilton’s photographs have recently been included in the new and most comprehensive publication by Taschen featuring the work of 82 of the World’s most significant photographers of the erotic, The New Erotic Photography.