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Binh Danh

Asian American, b. 1977
Binh Danh (born October 9, 1977) is a Vietnamese-born photographer and visual artist whose artwork investigates his Vietnamese heritage and our collective memory of war.

Danh immigrated with his parents to the United States in 1979. He received a BA in photography from San Jose State University in 2002, and at the age of 25 became one of the youngest artists to be accepted into the Master of Fine Arts program at Stanford University. Although Danh was too young to remember the horrors of the Vietnam War, he evokes the death, loss, and trauma his family experienced through his choice of haunting imagery that represent his family history. Danh primarily utilizes a specific organic technique of his own invention to create his art, producing what is known as a chlorophyll print, which embeds photographic images onto various types of leaves through the process of photosynthesis. Once Danh has procured what he believes to be a suitable leaf—many of which are from his mother’s garden—Danh places a negative over the leaf then exposes it to sunlight for a number of days until the green pigments of the leaf reveal a monochrome image. If he is satisfied with the finished product, he then casts it in a block of resin, encapsulating it permanently.

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