Circe Hamilton is a British portrait photographer known for her environmental portraits of prestigious personalities.
Circe adores the fact that photography gives her the opportunity to come in contact with many different subjects in a wide range of disciplines. Circe has photographed legendary Maya Angelou, musicians Macy Gray and Q-Tip, chefs Mario Batali and Jamie Oliver, hoteliers Ian Schrager and André Balazs, fashion icons Diane von Furstenberg and Carolina Herrera, writers Salman Rushdie & Lynda La Plante, plus many other creatives, politicians and business entrepreneurs.
Circe’s love of photography began when her mother, an ex-Royal-Ballet-dancer-self-taught photographer, gave Circe a Nikon FM camera aged twelve years old. Circe learned to develop film and print in the darkroom at home, helping out on her mother’s portrait sessions of actors for Spotlight.
As a teenager Circe photographed her friend's antics for her Photography GCSE and A-level portfolios, which led the path to completing a BFA in Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. From 1991 - 1994 Circe lived in the home-town of George Eastman, the inventor of Kodak film.
After university Circe moved to New York City and assisted several photographers including the 1969 Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Eddie Adams. Circe travelled on assignments with Eddie across the USA, one of which was photographing Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City jail, for the cover of Newsweek. Circe attended the Eddie Adams Workshop in 1995. Later Circe worked for his wife Alyssa Adams in the art department at Miramax Films.
In the mid-nineties Circe started her photographic career shooting for British women’s magazines Elle, Glamour, Tatler, InStyle and Marie Claire. Based in New York City, Circe became a regular contributor covering editorial assignments for British and US publications.
Circe’s photographic project Bona Fide Women; Documenting women exposing themselves to the camera, was shown in London in 2006 and 2007. A print of Rowan Pelling now hangs permanently at Chelsea Arts Club - note - look in the men’s water closet!
In 2017 Circe Hamilton moved to London after living in New York City for nearly 25 years, she continues to work on personal projects as well as editorial, corporate and documentary assignments.
Currently her work can be viewed in The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian Observer, Financial Times - How to Spend It, plus other notable publications.
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