David Hamilton's Soft Focus

February 25, 2013



David Hamilton (born 1933) is a British-born French photographer and film director best known for his images of young women. His often innocent, yet provocative images have a distinctive soft focus style, that came back into fashion at VogueELLE and other high-class fashion magazines from around 2003. As much of Hamilton's work depicts early-teen girls, often nude, he has been the subject of some controversy and even child pornography allegations, similar to that which the work of Sally Mann and Jock Sturges have attracted. In the late 1990s, conservative Christian groups in America protested unsuccessfully against bookstores that stocked Hamilton's photography books.