Vanden Brink brings ‘Iconic’ home

Nov 21, 2012
Photo by: Brian Vanden Brink “South of the Border, Dillon SC” by Brian Vanden Brink captures a sight seen by many a Florida-bound traveler.

Camden — Local photographer Brian Vanden Brink will give an illustrated talk on his new book, “Iconic,” Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at the downtown Camden Public Library. An award-winning photographer, Vanden Brink of Camden is well-known for his exquisite work capturing images of architecture. His previous five books include “Porch,” “At Home by the Sea” and “Ruin.”

Vanden Brink is keenly aware of how cultural changes bear out in the structures we build. “Iconic: Perspectives on the Man-Made World” is the striking follow-up to his award-winning monograph “Ruin,” and the photographs represent more than 30 years of Vanden Brink’s personal work. Iconography is a recurrent theme, as many of these structures are unique either for their contribution to the field of architecture or for their cultural significance. Vanden Brink pairs his photographs with short captions explaining both the architectural and personal importance of each image.

Vanden Brink is passionately interested in American history and culture and has traveled widely, photographing in such disparate places as Coney Island; Cairo, Ill.; Las Vegas; Limestone, Maine; and the Nebraska prairie. As in “Ruin,” these powerful photographs preserve something of our American way of life that is in danger of being lost if we do not slow down long enough to see it.

Vanden Brink is one of the most sought-after architectural photographers in the country. His work has been widely featured in such publications as DWELL, Architectural Digest, Coastal Living, Design New England, The New York Times Magazine, Architectural Record, and Custom Home. “Iconic” is published by Down East Books. The Owl & Turtle Bookstore will have books on hand for sale and signing.

From Camden to PMA

On Thursday, Dec. 13, the Portland Museum of Art will host Vanden Brink and “Iconic” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a brief presentation in the PMA’s Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium with a reception to follow. The event is free and open to the public.

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

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