Binh Danh - In the Eclipse of Angkor: Tuol Sleng, Choeung EK, and Khmer Temples at Haines Gallery in
Binh Danh - In the Eclipse of Angkor: Tuol Sleng, Choeung EK, and Khmer Temples at Haines Gallery in San Francisco, CA. "...In Binh Danh’s third solo exhibition at Haines Gallery, the California artist has created In the Eclipse of Angkor: Tuol Sleng, Choeung EK, and Khmer Temples, a new series of photographs based on a recent research trip to Cambodia. Here Binh Danh uses daguerreotypes for the first time. He says, 'The daguerreotype is a negative image, but the mirrored surface of the metal plate reflects the image and makes it appear positive in the proper light. The daguerreotype is a direct photographic process without the capacity for duplication. But with contemporary equipment, I have perfected a process of exposing a daguerreotype in the darkroom, allowing me more creative control over the process. This series also continues my exploration of the photographic process. Photography has allowed me to meditate on death and its influence on the living. The themes of mortality, memory, history, landscape, justice, evidence, and spirituality encompass this series.'"