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Binh Danh chlorophyll prints

Binh Danh’s chlorophyll prints

Binh Danh

Binh Danh’s chlorophyll prints

An intersection of art and science, life and death, past and present and history and immortality, Binh Danh’s photography captures the complexity of the human experience. Known for his “chlorophyll prints,” like the one our cover, Danh, ’02 BFA Photography, layers the leaves of plants with images that examine his family’s heritage, the wars in Vietnam and Cambodia and the collective memory of war.

In 1979, at the age of two, Danh fled Vietnam with his parents to Northern California, where he grew up. An artist of national prominence, his photographs have been exhibited in museums throughout the country and collected by the National Gallery of the Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Corcoran Gallery. His awards and honors include being named the 2011 Copenhaver Scholar-in-Residence at Roanoke College and receiving the Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation. He currently teaches at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

More on Binh Dahn

See more of Dahn’s photos on his website.

Video: KQED Spark story from May 2006 on how Danh makes his “chlorophyll prints.”

Video: Danh’s TEDxYouth talk.

Video: Danh on art and the Vietnam War.

Life Cover

This issue’s cover photo is a chlorophyll print of an image from Life magazine’s 1969 feature on “The Faces of the American Dead in Vietnam.”


Jody Ulate

Jody Ulate, '05 MA English, is editor of the Washington Square blog and printed alumni magazine.

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