Vietnamese, b. 1977
Lives and works in San Jose, CA
Binh Danh is well known for his innovative approach to alternative photographic techniques. His work revives antiquated photographic processes to reflect on contemporary conditions and expands the conversation about the changing role and meanings of photography today.
Recently, Danh has created a remarkable new series of daguerreotypes that he describes as “an ode to San Francisco.” These latest works celebrate the diversity of the city’s architectural forms, from landmarks such as the elaborate façade of the Castro Theatre and the Victorian confection known as the Conservatory of Flowers—a landmark building in Golden Gate Park—to residential neighborhoods that reward sustained looking. While Danh’s previous daguerreotypes reconsider pioneering nineteenth century landscape photography, these new works bring to mind important historical precedents that include the albumen prints of San Francisco created by Carlton Watkins and Eadweard Muybridge from the 1870s and 80s. Decidedly contemporary, Danh’s exquisitely detailed works preserve moments of a changing cityscape during a time of flux.
Danh’s work was included in the 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2012). He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Fresno Art Museum, CA (2007); North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC (2010); Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV (2010); the Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE (2011); Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA (2014); National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2015); and George Eastman House, Rochester, New York (2016). Danh’s work is held in a number of permanent institutional collections, including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; New York Public Library, NY; the de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; and San Jose Museum of Art, CA.