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Peaches, Doug’s Knife, ML’s Bowl | All images by Frank Hamrick

Antique Process

Artist: Frank Hamrick

Project: Sometimes Rivers Flow Backwards

Description: The tintypes in Frank Hamrick’s series Sometimes Rivers Flow Backwards are inspired by the photographer’s home life. Using a nineteenth-century process, Hamrick is interested in the deliberate methods of antique technology, as compared with the split-second nature of digital photography.


Frank Hamrick is a Georgia native who grew up beside a ranch and between two dairies in rural Jones County, just north of Macon. He is an associate professor at Louisiana Tech University’s School of Design.





Frank Hamrick

Frank Hamrick’s work is housed in institutions including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Griffin Museum of Photography, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and has been profiled by NPR. Frank is the MFA graduate program coordinator and a professor of photography, video and book arts at Louisiana Tech University’s School of Design. Frank’s handmade books combine photography and storytelling with papermaking and letterpress printing to address universal topics including time, relationships, nature and home. Frank’s artists’ book Harder than writing a good haiku earned the 2017 Houston Center for Photography Fellowship and was awarded first place in the 2017 Los Angeles Festival of Photography’s Photobook Competition. More of Frank’s work is available at frankhamrick.com