Binh Danh

Assistant Professor

Binh Danh is an Assistant Professor of Art at San José State University’s
Photography Program. He received an MFA from Stanford and a BFA from San Jose
State University and had emerged as an artist of national importance with work that
investigates his Vietnamese heritage and our collective memory of war. Danh
produces socially engaged work that often involved community outreach and
archival research that deals with mortality, memory, history, landscape, justice,
evidence, and spirituality. He invented the chlorophyll printing process, in which
photographic images of the Vietnam War appear embedded in leaves through the
action of photosynthesis.
Another body of work, “War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman, and
Memorials” grows out of an ongoing eight-year collaboration between Binh Danh
and poet Robert Schultz. Currently, a traveling exhibition, War Memoranda
examines the question “How do Americans remember war?” The artist and poet
have used soldiers’ photographic portraits developed onto the flesh of leaves,
historical battlefield landscapes photographed using 19th-century technologies and
poems about war to provide intimate reflections on the after-effects of war. Danh’s
newer body of work focuses on nineteenth-century photographic processes,
applying them in an investigation of battlefield landscapes and contemporary
memorials. Recent series of daguerreotypes celebrated the United States National
Park system during its anniversary year, commemorated a makeshift soldier
memorial for the was in Iraq/Afghanistan called the “Crosses of Lafayette,” and
documented humankind attempts to make marks in the land through
daguerreotypes of Spiral Jetty and petroglyphs in the Southwest.
His work has been presented at museums nationally and internationally and are
held in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of
Modern Art, The M.H. de Young Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum
of Fine Arts – Boston, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Center for Creative
Photography, the George Eastman Museum, Pier 24: The Pilara Foundation
Collection, Harry Ransom Center, and many others. He was awarded artist-in-
residence at Lesley University (Spring semester visiting artist-in-residence), Sun
Valley Center for the Arts, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Art Centre in Gymea,
Australia, Roanoke College (Copenhaver Scholar-in-Residence), Hollins University
(Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence), Washington and Lee University (The John and
Barbara Glynn Family Visiting Professor), Weber State University (Hurst Artist in
Residence), Kala Art Institute (Visions from the New California Fellowship), Light
Work Artist-in-Residence program, University of Nebraska (Artist Diversity
Residency Program), and a residency at the Cite Internationale Des Arts in Paris,
France. 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.

binh.danh@sjsu.edu408 924-4691Duncan Hall 401C


Fall 2021 Courses:
PHOT 114 – Advanced Black & White Photography
PHOT 197 – Color Photography

Spring 2022 Courses:
PHOT 113 – Alternative Processes in Photography
ART 208 – Graduate Photography Critique

Fall 2022 Courses: