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  • Lecture

Dust Shaped Hearts - A Vision of Blues

Donald E. Camp, Artist

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September 20, 2023, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Hybrid event: Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor; and on Zoom. group
Open to the Public

Hosted by: Kislak Center

Photograph by Donald Camp, “Brother Who Taught Me to See - Mr. Herbert L. Camp”

In 1993, photographer Donald E. Camp started work on a series of photographic works titled Dust Shaped Hearts. The project was intended to be a sardonic statement about news reports of the threatened “extinction of the Black American male.” Drawing upon his experience as a photojournalist, this talk will explore how he re-defined the “newspaper headshot,” in order to go beyond stereotype and give thoughtful attention and permanence to the men he photographed. He chose to modify a 19th century casein and pigment process using earth (pigment) and milk (casein) as metaphor for the male and female. Combining these organic materials to make images parallels his observation that basic photography is biological, not mechanical. 

Featured Image: Don Camp, “Brother Who Taught Me to See - Mr. Herbert L. Camp” [archival pigment and casein mono-print], from Sons of My Father suite, (2006) Haverford College collection of photography