Binh Danh, a practicing photographer and a professor, is best known for his images using a photographic technique dubbed chlorophyll printing process. Pioneered by Danh, the process involves embedding images in leaves through the action of photosynthesis. In a review of his work, the New York Times says “his pieces hint at the impermanence of ideas like identity, belonging, family, and history.”
Danh’s work has explored the history of the war in Vietnam, his home country. His work asks the viewer to consider the tragedy of war and being lost. As he produces images of soldiers using his chlorophyll process, he evokes the “memory of the jungle and the landscape of conflict."
His current work explores photography’s continued relationship to memory and landscape with subject matters ranging from the American Civil War to the National Parks. In 2017, Danh participated in the MFA in Photography and Integrated Media's acclaimed visiting artist/scholar program, during which he worked with MFA students to move their art forward and shared his unique experiences and expertise. In his Q&A below, he talks about the importance of process and his perspective on the history of photography.