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Asia Hamilton. Photographic Artist

In her 20-year career as a photographer, Asia has cultivated a talent for capturing moments the way they are, those rare, raw, and precious glimpses of life that exist in between poses and pretense. She specializes in portraits, landscapes, textures, and nudes and is drawn to existing, untouched composition, which she says, is a reflection of her own authenticity. Asia’s work has taken her around the country and the globe. She has photographed celebrities, worked as a photojournalist for several publications, and produced special projects for major corporations, including Ford Motor Co, Toyota, Instyle Magazine, and more. 


In 2018 Asia opened the Norwest Gallery of Art a community-based contemporary art museum that focuses on art from the African Diaspora. As founder and director Asia chose to locate the Norwest Gallery of Art in the Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood of Detroit because the community had been overlooked in the recent revitalization efforts that focused primarily on the downtown area. Asia also lives and grew up where the Gallery is, and so understands as a resident as well as a business owner the importance of having a viable, vibrant, walkable business community to advance the people. The Gallery has turned the neighborhood into an international hub for contemporary art with plans to expand its efforts as a staple for creative arts and culture in the community. Asia has also participated in many community arts projects, and is a 2018 and 2021 Knight Arts Challenge winner.

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