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Self Landing: Daguerreotypes on the Western Landscape – A Lecture by Binh Danh

Yosemite Falls, 2011, daguerrotype by Binh Danh
Monday, May 20, 2019 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Koret-Taube Conference Center, Room 130
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Building
366 Galvez Street
Stanford University
Campus parking is free after 4 pm

For the past six years, Binh Danh has been traveling across the West, making scenic daguerreotypes in a mobile darkroom he called Louis, after Louis Daguerre, the inventor of the daguerreotype process in 1839. His photographs ask us to reflect on the land literally in the polished mirror surface of the silver plate, provoking questions of politics, landscape, history, and the self.

Please join us for a lecture and presentation at Stanford on May 20, 2019.  Seating is limited – advance registration is required.


About the Artist

Binh Danh

Binh Danh (MFA Stanford; BFA San Jose State University) emerged as an artist of national importance with work that investigates 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 the action of photosynthesis. His newer body of work focuses on nineteenth-century photographic processes, applying them in an investigation of battlefield landscapes and contemporary memorials.

A recent series of daguerreotypes celebrated the United States National Park system during its anniversary year. His work is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The DeYoung Museum, the Museum of Fine Art, Boston,  the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Photography, the George Eastman Museum, and many others. He received the 2010 Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation, and in 2012 he was a featured artist at the 18th Biennale of Sydney in Australia. He is represented by Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA and Lisa Sette Gallery in Phoenix, AZ. He lives and works in San Jose, CA and teaches photography at San Jose State University.

Selected Images by Binh Danh



Daguerrotypes by Binh Danh


Top Photograph

Yosemite Falls, 2011, daguerrotype by Binh Danh


Additional Resources about Binh Danh


Supported by an artsCatalyst Grant from the Office of the Vice President for the Arts


Event Sponsors


Event Sponsor: 
Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University; Stanford Arts; Office of the Vice President for the Arts; Planet Earth Arts; Cheryl Haines Gallery of San Francisco
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