[Alt-photo] casein printer

Laura V laura at lavatop.com
Thu May 29 13:25:29 UTC 2014

Diana, that seems like a lot of money at first glance (and of course it 
is) but when you consider several things (like how much is the gallery 
taking - 50%?, how much is he paying in taxes, materials and overhead, 
vs time spent in creating the images and prints as well as all the 
development into getting to this point) - is it really that outrageous? 
These prints are 4 times as big as my "large" prints so I know that's a 
lot of work and cost. I say good for him if he's actually making a 
decent living for his efforts.

I'd also like to know it the work is "flying off the walls" though :)


On 5/28/14 4:20 PM, Diana Bloomfield wrote:
> Interesting, Chris.  Thanks for sending this along.  Looking at his work-- which I do like-- and all the other artists' work at Gallery 339, I've come away with one thought.  We need to raise our prices.  Good grief. Even though he's making only one of these, are people really paying from $6,500 to $12,000+ for his images?  If so, that's both impressive and astonishing.  Admittedly, I've never heard of him-- which means absolutely nothing-- but in thinking about the value (actual cost and investment value), that seems over-the-top to me.   I'm sorry-- the price of these overshadowed the actual work- for me. ;)  Of course, looking at the prices of all the other artists on there, too-- gulp.  I would love to know if work is flying off the walls up there.
> Diana
> On May 28, 2014, at 12:07 PM, Christina Z. Anderson wrote:
>> Dear All,
>> Recently I was made aware of a man, Don Camp, who has been using casein for years. He mixes it with dust. He even has received a Guggenheim for his casein work, an NEA, and a Pew fellowship!
>> Here is his bio on Gallery 339’s website:
>> Don Camp began his career in photography as a talented newspaper photographer.  After ten years as a photojournalist, Camp sought a degree in the fine arts.  With his forceful, yet intimate, portraits of African American men, Camp quickly established himself as an important new voice in contemporary art. Camp holds both a BFA and an MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and is the subject of an American Artist Oral History at the Smithsonian Institute.  He has been honored for his work with a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.  Camp has exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Institute for Contemporary Art, the Delaware Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Noyes Museum.  Camp's work is included in a number of important public and private collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. As an artist in residence, Camp is now an Assistant Professor at Ursinus College. Camp’s work is characterized by both the unique process he uses to produce his prints as well as his in depth exploration of the dignity and nobility that can be found in the human face.  Camp’s printing methods are based on early non-silver photographic development processes.  He has adapted these processes by using photosensitized earth pigments, essentially dust.  His materials invest his already powerful portraits with a profoundly tangible, human quality.   Camp works intently on each print, and he makes only one unique print for each subject.  In representing African American men, Camp has sought to contrast broadly held public views that narrow the face into stereotype.  More recently, his portrait series has expanded to include men and women of all races, acknowledging the struggle against ignorance and intolerance as a universal one.
>> And here is a link to his work.
>> http://www.gallery339.com/html/artistresults.asp?artist=25&artistname=Donald%20E.%A0Camp
>> Chris
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