Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Donald E. Camp

Donald E. Camp



"The Printmaker -- John Dowell", 2012

"The Women Who Paints -- Alice Oh", 2012

"The Man Who Sews -- Collin Louis", 2008

"The Drawer -- Earnest Brown", 2008

"John Daniels", 2008

"Women Who Cooks -- Lea Chase", 2008

"The Sculptor -- Winifred Lutz", 2012

"Women Who Finds Word's Meaning -- Nzadi Keita", 2012

"Silver Cowboy -- Jacob Gassenberger", 2008

"A Good Son -- Teller", 2012




Special thanks to Donald E. Camp for allowing me to reproduce his photographs, here, on my blog.  Without his kind cooperation and generosity this blog entry would not have been possible.  No further use of these photographs is allowed without his permission.





My materials are:

Light sensitizes casein (milk glue)
Natural dry earth pigments
Archival rag paper

My subject is:

The human face

In my working process, the image, casein and pigment become paper, the paper becomes pigment, casein and image in an attempt to bring the materials together and make them one. I work intently on each print and generally make one unique print for each subject.

In photography the print is the thing that communicates with the viewer. I researched light sensitive processes and modified a late nineteenth century casein and pigment process. I settled on this form because it is more archival than the standard rare metal process of silver gelatin print. The linking of earth and milk to make images also parallels my observation of the natural aspect of photography. In reality, basic photography is biological, not mechanical and it’s the biological link that I use as metaphor in my images. The chosen form when combined with the human face is meant to evoke a visual reference to the “Blues.” Both the musical form and my visual form are meant to be a cry of sadness and joyous celebration.

I seek to contrast broadly held public views that narrow a face into stereotype. I attempt, as an artist, to produce prints that encourage viewers to explore the dignity and nobility that can be found in the human face.






2012 - Present

Ursinus College - Professor Emeritus

2000 - 2011

Ursinus College - Artist in residence / assistant professor

1990 - 1992

Assistant professor Tyler School of Art, Temple University

1972 - 1981

Philadelphia Evening & Sunday Bulletin / Staff photographer




Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia PA


Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, MFA


Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, BFA

1972 - 81

Staff photographer, The Evening and Sunday Bulletin




4th Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship
Honickman Foundation Grant
Pew Gap Grant


John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
Pew Charitable Trust Foundation Fellowship
3rd Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship


Pew Regional Visiting Artists Fellowship for the American Academy in Rome


Pennsylvania Visual Artist Fellow


American Artist Oral History Smithsonian Institute


Future Faculty Fellowship, Tyler School of Art,




Austin College, Dennis Gallery [ Dust Shaped Hearts]


Austin College, Dennis Gallery [The Theory and Art of Magic]


The Episcopal Cathedral of Philadelphia [ Earth & Dust ]


Berman Museum, Collegeville, Pa.


Hagedorn Foundation Gallery Atlanta, Ga. [Atlanta Black Arts Festival]


Delaware Center for Contemporary Art Museum. Wilmington Delaware


Gallery 339. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



Philadelphia International Airport




After Henry Tanner: African American Artists since 1940


Biographies- Philadelphia Narratives, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


Dust Shaped Hearts, University of Michigan Museum of Art


Noyes Museum, Brigantine, NJ


Dust Shaped Hearts, University of N. Carolina at Charlotte, NC



Dust Shaped Hearts, Swarthmore College, List Gallery


Gallery One, Western Maryland University, MD

Selections of African-American Works From the Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art,
Philadelphia, PA

Art Now, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA


Works from the Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1

1986 - 89

Philadelphia Photographers International, Tianjin, China;


Temple University Center City Gallery, Philadelphia, PA







(Main Line Art Center, February 20 through March 20, 2014
Featuring the work of Donald E. Camp, Lydia Panas and Lori Waselchuk
Curated by Amie Potsic

Curator's Statement:

Humankind presents works that uniquely address the human condition through qualities and genres inherent to the photographic tradition: social responsibility, portraiture, and the photo essay. This exhibition celebrates in depth projects that creatively engage the world of contemporary photography while deepening connections to the history of the photographic medium.

Each artist approaches their subject matter – the human face, family, and hospice -- with respect and curiosity as they harness photography’s innate talent for storytelling, confrontation, and communication.

With his forceful, yet intimate images of the human face, Donald E. Camp’s work encourages audiences to explore the dignity and nobility that can be found in each of us. Camp’s inventive photographic prints seek to contrast broadly held stereotypes and acknowledge the struggle against ignorance and intolerance as a universal one. Lydia Panas invites the viewer to look beyond the family relationships depicted in her photographs and to explore the deeper, universal questions of how we feel. Her photographs portray families of all forms in verdant landscapes while also giving subtle clues to that which lies beneath the surface in all of us. Lori Waselchuk’s photographs powerfully illuminate the ways in which our humanity percolates through the dark and light moments of our lives. Exemplified by the prison hospice program she documented, her work is emotional, interactive, and storytelling, and strives to nurture empathy in the viewer, despite our diversity.

By engaging in long-term, in-depth photographic series that give voice to the personal and universal, these artists powerfully remind us of what it means to be human, compassionate, and connected.