Donald Camp is a member of the Baha’i faith, and our interview with him involved talk about spirituality and seeking answers. But in addition, Don told us about magic. He is a trained magician, who learned his first tricks from his magician father. Since Don was 14 years old, he’s been pulling birds out of hats and making little balls of crumpled paper or rubber seem to levitate. We know Don as an artist who shows his extraordinary photographs of human faces at Gallery 339. Don is creating an archive of faces that are usually excluded in the telling of ... More » »
Donald Camp makes extraordinary photographs of the human face, mostly, but not exclusively, the faces of African American men. He is creating an archive of faces that are usually excluded in the telling of history. Camp’s ghostly-looking works come about through some traditional photography methods and some very non-traditional methods that involve powdered pigments and scrubbing the paper. There are no editions in Camp’s work – each print is an individual, like each individual is unique. Camp shows his works locally at Gallery 339. In this clip from our interview, Camp talks about how he likes to see his work ... More » »
For a long time now, artists have been stealing faces. Portraiture, whether sculptural, painted or printed, is a thief. Even when a portrait shows a likeness, the face is often there to represent a larger truth about the human condition. No matter how much Abraham Lincoln looks like himself in art, he is always the great emancipator and a symbol of liberty and justice. ”About Face” at Gallery 339 takes aim at the human face — in black and white and color photographs by 25 artists — and arrays a small congregation on the walls. Beautiful and compelling, moody, funny or ... More » »
Beautiful Human at Haverford College‘s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery is a small show with big thoughts that burble and pop as the works by five artists hold a conversation with each other about identity and imagination. The show’s points of view zoom from imaginative self-identificaton to masks and costumes as tribal and cultural signifiers to the tyranny of the genetic code. And those are just the starting points.
Post by Jennifer Zarro Donald Camp, Woman who Writes, Lorraine Carey from the Dust Shaped Hearts series When Photography and Printmaking Collide opened last weekend at the Free Library of Philadelphia; it’s on view through June 27. The exhibition was organized in conjunction with an annual fundraising event put on by the Friends of the Print and Picture Department. The show features artists who use prints and photography together to create their imagery. Allan Edmunds, From the Family Album Series There are some beautiful works in the exhibition including Andy Warhol’s Jacqueline Kennedy II, 1966 which is printed with a ... More » »
Here’s my short review, appearing in the Editor’s Choice section of the paper, of Donald Camp’s Dust Shaped Hearts. It’s a great show. Installation shot at Gallery 339 of Donald Camp’s Dust Shaped Hearts. The large-scale photographs of artists, musicians, writers and others confront you with their humanity. Donald Camp’s photo portraits of contemporary writers, artists, musicians and ordinary people at Gallery 339 are like and unlike other series that document a time and place. Like the 20th-century German photographer August Sander, Camp (a Pew fellow and highly accoladed local artist) is creating a taxonomy of humans who are individuals ... More » »