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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Photographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Favorite Quote:
I Created Thee, Yet Thou Hast Abased Thyself. Rise Then Unto That For Which Thou Wast Created.

Birthplace

Born:
7/28/1940
Birth Location:
Meadville, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Photographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Favorite Quote:
I Created Thee, Yet Thou Hast Abased Thyself. Rise Then Unto That For Which Thou Wast Created.

Birthplace

Born:
7/28/1940
Birth Location:
Meadville
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Biography

Artist and photography professor Donald Eugene Camp was born on July 28, 1940 in Meadville, Pennsylvania to Ira and Martha Camp. He graduated from Camden High School in 1958 and went on to serve in the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1972.

From 1972 to 1980, Camp worked as a photographer for the Philadelphia Evening and Sunday Bulletin. He then returned to school and received his B.F.A. degree in 1987 and his M.F.A. degree in 1989, both from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He subsequently taught for two years as an assistant professor at the Tyler School of Art. Then, after receiving a number of artist fellowships in the 1990s, Camp was hired as an artist-in-residence and assistant professor of photography at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania in 2000. Camp retired in 2012 as professor emeritus.

Camp started exhibiting his art in group shows in 1982 and in solo exhibitions in 1989. His ongoing photographic series, Dust Shaped Hearts, began in 1990, and sought to counter stereotypes of African American men. The series has grown to include men and women of all races, acknowledging that the struggle against ignorance and intolerance is universal. Camp’s artwork has been exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Institute for Contemporary Art, the Delaware Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Noyes Museum; and is included in a number of important public and private collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His work has also been featured at Gallery 339 in Philadelphia for a number of years.

Camp has been honored for his work with a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and multiple Pew Fellowships. He was a Pennsylvania Visual Artist Fellow four times, and was awarded a Honickman Foundation Grant in 2008. Camp was a founding member of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, and sat on the board of trustees of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania from 2002 to 2005. He was also the subject of an American Artist Oral History at the Smithsonian Institute, and has served on the advisory board of the Creative Artist Network (now The Center for Emerging Visual Artists). He is a member of the Bahá'í Faith and lives and works in Philadelphia.

Donald Camp was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 13, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Donald Camp's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Donald Camp lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Donald Camp describes his maternal grandmother's murder
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Donald Camp talks about his mother's musical talent
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Donald Camp recalls his mother's illness
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Donald Camp describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Donald Camp describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Donald Camp remembers his paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Donald Camp describes the origin of his surname
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Donald Camp talks about his father's occupation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Donald Camp describes Farrell, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Donald Camp recalls how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Donald Camp describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Donald Camp talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Donald Camp describes his brother James Camp
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Donald Camp talks about the career of his brother, William Camp
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Donald Camp describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Donald Camp remembers the racial demographics of Farrell, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Donald Camp describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Donald Camp talks about living in a segregated society
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Donald Camp remembers attending L.R. Eckles Elementary School in Farrell, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Donald Camp recalls the responses to the murder of Emmett Till
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Donald Camp remembers moving to Camden, New Jersey after his mother's death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Donald Camp talks about becoming a magician
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Donald Camp describes his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Donald Camp recalls his graduation from Camden High School in Camden, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Donald Camp describes his involvement with magician organizations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Donald Camp recalls his decision to join the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Donald Camp remembers being stationed in Marin County, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Donald Camp recalls learning about composition at Musee du Louvre in Paris, France
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Donald Camp recalls seeing African American entertainers in Paris, France, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Donald Camp recalls seeing African American entertainers in Paris, France, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Donald Camp remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Donald Camp talks his early interest in photography
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Donald Camp recalls his first camera
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Donald Camp describes the photographers that inspired him, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Donald Camp describes the qualities of a good photographer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Donald Camp describes the photographers that inspired him, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Donald Camp recalls developing his skills as a photographer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Donald Camp remembers joining the Baha'i faith
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Donald Camp recalls how he was introduced to the Baha'i faith
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Donald Camp remembers his deployment to Vietnam
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Donald Camp remembers being stationed at Cam Ranh Bay Base in Vietnam
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Donald Camp remembers the U.S. military's struggle to integrate
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Donald Camp recalls leaving the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Donald Camp recalls meeting Philip Jones Griffiths
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Donald Camp remembers being hired at the Philadelphia Bulletin in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Donald Camp recalls the diversification of the Philadelphia Bulletin's staff
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Donald Camp describes the lack of diversity in the newspaper industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Donald Camp talks about his experiences as a newspaper photographer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Donald Camp remembers covering the MOVE crisis in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Donald Camp describes his reasons for leaving the Philadelphia Bulletin
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of Donald Camp's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Donald Camp remembers resigning from the Philadelphia Bulletin
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Donald Camp recalls searching for jobs after leaving the Philadelphia Bulletin
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Donald Camp remembers his decision to pursue fine arts photography at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Donald Camp talks about influential instructors at Temple University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Donald Camp recalls his apprehension about attending college at an older age
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Donald Camp talks about influential instructors at Temple University, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Donald Camp describes Roy DeCarava and Robert Frank
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Donald Camp describes his master's thesis project
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Donald Camp remembers being offered a graduate fellowship at Temple University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Donald Camp remembers directing Temple University's Future Faculty Fellowship Program
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Donald Camp describes his inspiration for the 'Dust Shaped Hearts' exhibition, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Donald Camp describes his inspiration for the 'Dust Shaped Hearts' exhibition, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Donald Camp remembers the creation of the 'Dust Shaped Hearts' photographs
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Donald Camp describes the reviews for his 'Dust Shaped Hearts' exhibit
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Donald Camp recalls his inspiration for naming the 'Dust Shaped Hearts' exhibit
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Donald Camp describes how he chose his photography subjects, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Donald Camp describes how he chose his photography subjects, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Donald Camp talks about his perception of his work
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Donald Camp talks about his fellowships
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Donald Camp recalls purchasing his home
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - Donald Camp talks about his approach to photography
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Donald Camp remembers joining the faculty at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Donald Camp recalls his approach to teaching photography
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Donald Camp describes a photography exhibit and magic show at Austin College in Sherman, Texas
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Donald Camp describes his favorite magician
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Donald Camp talks about African American magicians
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Donald Camp talks about his retirement from Ursinus College
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Donald Camp describes his artistic philosophy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Donald Camp reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Donald Camp reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Donald Camp talks about his retirement and his plans for the future
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Donald Camp talks about his involvement with the Society for Photographic Education
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Donald Camp describes his family
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Donald Camp recalls his role in the founding of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Donald Camp describes how he would like to be remembered