Binh Danh: After the Gold Rush
Thursday September 5, 2019
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Haines Gallery is pleased to present After the Gold Rush, a new solo exhibition by photographer Binh Danh (b. 1977, lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area). For the past six years, Danh has been traveling across the American West, making scenic daguerreotypes on silver plates in a mobile darkroom he calls Louis, after Louis Daguerre. This exhibit, Danh’s sixth solo at Haines Gallery, features a series of new daguerreotypes created during his recent stay at the gallery’s residency program in Nevada City, California.

Architectural details of Nevada City’s carefully preserved Victorian buildings and historical sites, and the lush landscapes that surround it are all captured with remarkable clarity in the new work that comprises Danh’s exhibition. Juxtaposed against these timeless scenes are details that reveal their contemporary nature: sleek cars and trendy storefronts, figures in contemporary clothing, and signs of new industries. Reflected in each silvery image is a history of adventure and imagination, in shaping Nevada City and in photography.

Through this latest body of work, Danh examines the history of Nevada City against the history of photography and the medium’s pioneers. Images of Nevada City residents speak to the daguerreotype’s most prominent uses — the portrait, while stunning California vistas consciously evoke the work of Ansel Adams and Carleton Watkins. After the Gold Rush also pays quiet homage to the pioneering work of Julia Ann Rudolph, one of the few professional women photographers working in America in 19th century. Rudolph set up a thriving studio in Nevada City in 1856, and her early images of the town’s thoroughfares and residents create an historical antecedent to Danh’s contemporary daguerreotypes.

Photo: Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Nevada City, CA, 2019
Daguerreotype, unique (in camera exposure) 8 x 10 inches
©Binh Danh

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