Camera Club hosts Vanden Brink

Dec 21, 2012
Photo by: Brian Vanden Brink Among the man-made marvels documented in photographer Brian Vanden Brink’s “Iconic” is a theme building by Pereira-Luckman Architects at Los Angeles’ LAX airport.

Bangor — Eastern Maine Camera Club will host architectural photographer Brian Vanden Brink of Camden as guest speaker at its meeting Thursday, Jan. 3 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Bangor Parks and Recreation building, 647 Main St.

Vanden Brink’s presentation will feature his latest book, “Iconic: Perspectives on the Man-Made World.” The award-winning photographer is keenly aware of how cultural changes bear out in the structures we build. A striking follow-up to his acclaimed “Ruin,” “Iconic,” published in August by Down East Books, represents more than 30 years of work. The theme of iconography runs throughout the book as each structure presented is iconic either for its unique contribution to the field of architecture or for its cultural significance.

Vanden Brink has traveled the country widely and photographed in places from Coney Island to Cairo, Ill.; and Las Vegas to Limestone, Maine. His subject range includes prison cells, grain silos, churches, hot dog shacks and the ubiquitous empty stretch of road vanishing over the horizon. The photographs are paired with short captions explaining both the architectural importance and the image's personal meaning to Vanden Brink. He is passionately interested in American history and Americana and, while several photographs were taken in other countries, the main thrust of the book is America.

Vanden Brink is one of the most sought after architectural photographers in the country. His work has been widely featured in such publications as Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Metropolitan Home, Coastal Living, Cottage Living, The New York Times Magazine, Old House Journal, Custom Home, Yankee and Down East. His photographs also have been the subjects of four books including “At Home in Maine,” “At Home by the Sea” and “Porch.” “Iconic” features both color and black-and-white images.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sally Arata at 318-9995.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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