Oxford American Magazine and NPR have written about Frank Hamrick’s art. His work is collected by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Frank is an associate professor and the graduate program coordinator at Louisiana Tech University.
Born in Georgia, Frank grew up surrounded by the writing of Flannery O’Connor, Joel Chandler Harris and Alice Walker as well as the music of Little Richard, Otis Redding, and The Allman Brothers Band. Frank’s artists’ books combine photography and storytelling with papermaking and letterpress printing to address time, relationships and home. Frank’s limited edition artists’ book of tintype images Harder than writing a good haiku earned the 2017 Houston Center for Photography Fellowship and was awarded first place in the 2017 Photobook Independent competition at The Los Angeles Festival of Photography.
My Face Tastes Like Salt
My Face Tastes Like Salt is an artist’s book limited to 41 hardcover copies featuring reproductions of eighteen tintypes. These portraits, still lives and landscapes, originally created as 8×10” and 8×8” tintypes, focus on looking at and moving through the natural world around us. The title is a quote from my nephew when he was only a few years old.
My first tintype artists’ book project “Sometimes Rivers Flow Backwards” focused heavily on still life subject matter in my house. “Harder than writing a good haiku” followed with tintype images of environmental portraits creating open-ended stories.
To view more of Frank’s work please visit his website.