Binh Danh (Vietnam, 1977) investigates his Vietnamese heritage and immigrant childhood through historic and non-traditional photographic processes. His technique incorporates his invention of the chlorophyll printing process, in which photographic images appear embedded in leaves through the action of photosynthesis. His newer body of work focuses on the daguerreotype process, with subject matters including American Civil War battlefields and the national parks. The reflective qualities of the daguerreotype’s silver plates allows Binh to create an image that places the viewer within the landscape.
His work has been included in important exhibitions at museums across the country, as well as in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Corcoran Art Gallery, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the M.H. de Young Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, the George Eastman House, and the National Gallery of Art. In 2012, Binh was a featured artist at the 18th Biennale of Sydney in Australia.
Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite, CA May 15, 2012, 2012
Daguerreotype (in camera exposure)
6.5 x 8.5 in