To Photograph Is to Archive

To Photograph Is to Archive


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Binh Danh emerged as an artist of national importance with work investigating his Vietnamese heritage and our collective memory of war. His technique incorporates his invention of the chlorophyll printing process, in which photographic images appear embedded in leaves through photosynthesis. His newer work focuses on nineteenth-century photographic processes, applying them to investigate battlefield landscapes and contemporary memorials. A recent series of daguerreotypes celebrated the United States National Park system during its anniversary year. In this talk, he will discuss artists' crucial role in society as makers and memorialists, including his own work.

About the Author

Binh Danh (Master of Fine Arts, Stanford; Bachelor of Fine Arts, San José State University) reconfigures traditional photographic techniques and processes in unconventional ways to delve into the connection between history, identity, and place. His work has been collected by the DeYoung Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the National Gallery of Art, Washington; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the San José Museum of Art, among others. "Binh Danh: The Enigma of Belonging" was the inaugural recipient of the Minami Book Grant for Asian American Visual Artists at Radius Books in 2023.

Date of Event

Spring 3-27-2024


Art and Design | Art and Materials Conservation | Arts and Humanities | Printmaking


1 streaming video file (60 min.) : digital, sound, color. Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.

To Photograph Is to Archive