China Hamilton, has established a considerable global reputation as photographer and printer of fine art erotic images of women. He was born in Norbury, south London England in 1946 and attended Croydon Technical School before spending four years at Croydon College of Art and Design. Here he specialised in life drawing under the renowned Fred Janes. He also studied fine art and graphic design and photography under Herman Hecht. He first started making his own sunlight prints and processing his own film at age eleven and at age thirteen started painting and drawing seriously. Paintings of wild landscapes and drawing the female nude have always run alongside his photographic work.
After leaving college he and a partner established London’s first specialist macro photography business, specialising 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. He has rebuilt and raced historic racing cars and motorcycles, was a boiler inspector for steam locomotives and plays traditional Irish Music, cutting the first ever album of traditional bones playing, also writing the first tutor for the Irish bodhran and the bones. He is a Buddhist, holds qualifications in Herbal Medicine and is also well known for his erotic short stories many of which have been published, he is also a serious poet.
He has been seen as one of the leading fine art photographic printers of the twentieth century. He was sponsored by Kodak and featured in their Professional Journal. 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 watercolour paper and copper sheets. These processes have been widely published in the photographic press. His photographs have been and continue to be published by journals and magazines world wide. He Published the journal ‘The Black and White Art Photographer’.
His 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 unique and distinctive style of image has often been the inspiration for the work of other photographers.
In 1996 he was awarded the global title of Erotic Photographer of the Year.
In 2017 he has been awarded a ‘Special Achievement Award’ by Jade magazine for his contribution to the 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 thirty years he 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. He had a one-man show of landscape work using hand-made photographic processes at The Sterts Centre Bodmin, Cornwall. In 2005 he was invited to exhibit in the erotic art exhibition of the Brighton Fringe, Brighton England. His work has appeared in many book compilations. 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”. He was selected as the senior Juror for the global 2007 Erotic Signature Competition. China Hamilton was also a founder member of the Association of Erotic Artists. He has been in a long relationship with his partner. He has no children.
Collections of his work are published as:-
“A View From Behind” The Erotic Print Society, London, England. 1997
“Woman” Published by St. Martin’s Press NY. USA. 1999
The Erotic Print Society, London UK and also editions in France and Australia.
“BitterSweet Sex” The Erotic Print Society. 2002
“The Cabinet of Dark Things” published in 2005 Erotic Print society.
“Intimate Obsessions ” published in September 2007 by Edition Reuss.
“Velvet Nightmares” – collection of short stories – published in April 2009 by The Erotic Print Society.
“Erotic Domination”- published in 2017 by Editions Reuss.