Brian Vanden Brink of Camden is not just a photographer; he is an architectural photographer, and the distinction shows in his work. His photographs have been published widely on magazine covers, book covers and in entire books featuring his photography.

Vanden Brink has recently applied his talents to a favorite architectural feature of all Mainers (and others). He will give an illustrated talk from newest book, “Porch,” published by Down East Books, Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Camden Public Library.

Bringing together Vanden Brink’s stunning images are the evocative words of Richard Grant of Lincolnville, author of eight novels and two works of nonfiction. Vanden Brink has been photographing architecture for more than 25 years and his work has been featured widely in magazines and more than 100 books, including the award-winning “Ruin,” a monograph of his photography.

“I’m interested in photographing the built environment and its relationship to the landscape. I love to photograph how and where we live, seeing in our architecture an expression of what we value and what is important to us. I am attracted to photographing design, whether it is represented by a hot dog stand, a Romanesque cathedral or a private residence,” Vanden Brink said.

Vanden Brink is passionate about photographing architecture and about using a view camera. His primary focus is residential work but his archives include buildings of all types. When not photographing, he can often been seen motoring in his 1947 Willys Jeep in Camden. Other photography books featuring the photographs of Vanden Brink include “Ruin,” “At Home by the Sea,” “At Home in Maine” and “Historic Maine Homes.”

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to