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Art Fennell

Broadcast journalist Art Fennell was born and raised in Bennettsville, South Carolina. One of twelve children, he graduated from South Carolina State University with a communications degree.

Fennell began his broadcasting career as a radio announcer in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He went on to work in on-air positions at The South Carolina Educational Television Network; WBTW-TV in Florence, South Carolina; WCBD-TV in Charleston, South Carolina; WSAV-TV in Savannah, Georgia and WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, Virginia. Fennell then moved to WCAU NBC-10 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he served in various roles, including as anchor, reporter, host and producer. He was subsequently named principal anchor and managing editor for CN8 News on the Comcast Network based in Philadelphia, and hosted the nightly 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. From 2006 to 2014, CN8-TV aired “Art Fennell Reports,” where Fennell was executive producer and anchor.

Fennell has also served on special assignments for TV-ONE and led the network’s live national coverage of “The Michael Jackson Memorial” from Los Angeles, “The Democratic National Convention” from Denver, “Election Night 2008” from Chicago, and the historic “Inauguration of President Barack Obama” from Washington, DC. In addition, he taught as an adjunct communications professor at Delaware State University.

Fennell served as president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) from 1995 to 1997. He also served on the boards of UNITY: Journalists of Color and the NABJ, as well as president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, and founding president of the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals. In 2001, he founded The Arthur Fennell Foundation, which is committed to raising funds and awareness to assist community based organizations dealing with disease, education and prevention in diverse, under-served populations.

Throughout his career, Fennell has been honored with more than seventy-five awards, including the prestigious Vanguard Award presented by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. He also received the 2009 “Journalist of The Year Award” for his work in the Philadelphia region and the 2006 Emmy Award for “Outstanding News Anchor” in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Art Fennell was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 12, 2014.

Accession Number

A2014.173

Sex

Male

Interview Date

6/12/2014

Last Name

Fennell

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Schools

Blenheim High School

South Carolina State University

Search Occupation Category
First Name

Arthur

Birth City, State, Country

Bennettsville

HM ID

FEN01

Favorite Season

Spring

State

South Carolina

Favorite Vacation Destination

Africa, The Caribbean, West Coast, South

Favorite Quote

I Hope The Good News Is Yours.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Pennsylvania

Birth Date

1/10/1961

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Philadelphia

Country

United States

Favorite Food

None

Short Description

Broadcast journalist Art Fennell (1961 - ) was a principal anchor and managing editor for CN8 News, and served as executive producer and anchor of CN8-TV’s 'Art Fennell Reports' from 2006 to 2014. He was president of the National Association of Black Journalists from 1995 to 1997.

Employment

Comcast NBC Universal

WCAU

WAVY

WSAV

WCBD

WBTW

SC ETV

Fennell Media

Favorite Color

None

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DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Art Fennell's interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Art Fennell lists his favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Art Fennell describes his mother's family background, pt. 1

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Art Fennell describes his mother's family background, pt. 2

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Art Fennell talks about his maternal grandparents' life in South Carolina

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Art Fennell describes his maternal grandparents' occupations

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Art Fennell talks about his mother's education

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Art Fennell describes his paternal grandmother

Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Art Fennell describes his paternal grandfather's occupation

Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Art Fennell talks about his father's education

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Art Fennell remembers his family's ghost stories

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Art Fennell talks about how his parents met

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Art Fennell describes his father's occupations

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Art Fennell describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Art Fennell lists his siblings

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Art Fennell describes his earliest childhood memory

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Art Fennell remembers the tornado that destroyed his home, pt. 1

Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Art Fennell remembers the tornado that destroyed his home, pt. 2

Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Art Fennell describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood

Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Art Fennell remembers Blenheim High School in Blenheim, South Carolina

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Art Fennell remembers the ginger ale factory in Blenheim, South Carolina

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Art Fennell remembers the integration of Blenheim High School in Blenheim, South Carolina

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Art Fennell describes his early interests

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Art Fennell recalls his decision to attend South Carolina State College

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Art Fennell recalls his start in the broadcasting industry

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Art Fennell remembers working at WDIX Radio in Orangeburg, South Carolina

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Art Fennell talks about Max Robinson

Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Art Fennell recalls the newscasters of his childhood

Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Art Fennell talks about his influential professors

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Art Fennell remembers studying under Eloise Usher Belcher

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Art Fennell recalls his start as a photographer

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Art Fennell talks about the civil rights history of Orangeburg, South Carolina

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Art Fennell remembers his training at SCE-TV in Columbia, South Carolina

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Art Fennell describes the lack of African American politicians in South Carolina

Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Art Fennell remembers Armstrong Williams

Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Art Fennell describes his experiences at WBTW-TV in Florence, South Carolina

Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Art Fennell remembers anchoring at WSAV-TV in Savannah, Georgia

Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Art Fennell remembers moving to WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, Virginia

Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Art Fennell talks about the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals

Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Art Fennell recalls founding the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals

Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Art Fennell talks about being recognized in public

Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Art Fennell remembers joining WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Art Fennell talks about the change in network affiliation at WCAU-TV

Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Art Fennell describes his experiences as a talk show host

Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Art Fennell recalls becoming president of the National Association of Black Journalists

Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Art Fennell remembers hosting President Bill Clinton at the NABJ national convention

Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Art Fennell recalls President Bill Clinton's arrival at the NABJ national convention

Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Art Fennell talks about the speakers at the NABJ national convention

Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Art Fennell recalls the founding of the NABJ Media Institute

Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Art Fennell talks about his time at WCAU-TV

Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Art Fennell remembers founding a media consulting company

Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Art Fennell remembers his awards and accolades

Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Art Fennell remembers developing 'Art Fennell Reports'

Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Art Fennell recalls his special assignments with TV One

Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Art Fennell remembers the election of President Barack Obama

Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Art Fennell talks about 'Murder in Memphis: Timeline to an Assassination'

Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Art Fennell recalls the acquisition of NBC Universal by the Comcast Corporation

Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Art Fennell remembers the cancellation of 'Art Fennell Reports'

Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Art Fennell describes his plans for the future

Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Art Fennell talks about his interest in photography

Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Art Fennell reflects upon his life

Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Art Fennell talks about his family

Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Art Fennell describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community

Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Art Fennell reflects upon his professional legacy

Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Art Fennell describes how he would like to be remembered

DASession

1$1

DATape

2$5

DAStory

7$3

DATitle
Art Fennell remembers the tornado that destroyed his home, pt. 1
Art Fennell remembers joining WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Transcript
The most vivid childhood memory came in April of 1969 I think it was. It may have been '68 [1968] or--I think it was '68 [1968] or '69 [1969]. We had just gotten off the school bus coming home from school. And the weather was ominous, and it was just starting to rain very lightly. And me and my brother Dennis [Dennis Fennell] were the only ones on the bus. My other brothers--they had done an experiment. And I won't digress too far with this, away from the story, but they were doing an experiment back then in, in, in Bennettsville [South Carolina] and Blenheim [South Carolina], another small town, where they wanted to test integrating the schools. But for that year, they were asking for volunteers from families, to volunteer children to see if this would work in rural South Carolina. So my next two brothers, Jeffrey [Jeffrey Fennell] and Tommy Lee [Tommy Fennell], were volunteered by my parents [Sarah McLeod Fennell and James Fennell], because they were bigger and older, and they could probably deal with it better than Dennis and myself, who were much younger. So we were still in the segregated school. We were coming home from, from, from school this day, Dennis and I. We get off the bus, and we're walking down the dirt road. And it was this--clouds were getting a little dark. And as we got to the house, my mother was taking in the clothes, 'cause it was obviously just starting to rain. And she said, "Children, help me with these clothes to get 'em off the clothesline, because bad weather is coming." And as we were taking in those clothes, the winds began to pick up more and more and more. And, and it, it became fun for me and my brother because this was an adventure. But I remember going out on probably the last trip to the clothesline. And I looked across the cotton field, and I saw a tornado coming. It was as clear as day, and it was happening now, and it was coming right for us. And so we gathered the last bit of clothes, and we rushed into the house. And as we closed the door, because the winds were very strong, it took all three of us by the way to push and close that door from the force of the wind. But we did close it. And it stayed closed for about five to ten seconds before it exploded open, because at this point the tornado was right on top of us, and we couldn't close that door again. Windows began to explode, and air was all through the house. The tornado was on top of us. And so my mother grabbed me and my brother. And on a, a small little sofa--and I have a picture of us on this small sofa, and it was in the corner of the room by the stove--and she huddled us together like a mother hen gathering her biddies. And she said, "Pray children pray." And we started praying while that tornado sat down upon us. It destroyed our whole house. When it was over, there was nothing left in the house. The roof was gone. All of the other furnishings in the house were gone. The wall behind us was still there, but on the other side of the wall was nothing. But that sofa with myself, my brother, and my mother was still intact with us on it. And I remember looking up at as small boy, and I could see the sky. And I looked around, and we were in a daze, but we were unharmed, not a scratch. So I knew right then about the miracle of God. Because we were there praying and--you know, small children, you know, we were praying. But I was peeping, 'cause I wanted to see this phenomenon happening around us. But we were un- we were unhurt. And so that was--that was a very vivid moment for me, for everyone. The community--once the story had passed, people were rushing to our aid to see if we were okay, if anyone had been harmed, and to see how they could help, 'cause that's what communities do in those types of times.$$That's quite a story.$$Yeah.$$I mean--did you close your eyes while it was going? Did you (simultaneous)--$$(Simultaneous) Some of the time. I have to admit I was peeping. I remember peeping. But we had an old iron stove that was no more than five feet away from where I was. That was where we put the, the wood in and you know to warm the house. And I saw that old iron stove with the, the tin pipe that went up to the chimney started to bounce and rock as it was sitting there. It bounced like this, 'cause I was praying and peeping. And then I saw that stove lift off. I've never seen that stove again. It was five feet from me.$$Yeah, that's--$$So, yeah, I think after I saw that, I, I started praying harder than ever because I, I didn't wanna follow the direction of where that, that--where that stove had gone.$Nineteen ninety [1990] now, how, how did the op- opportunity come to--come to--come, come about to come to WCAU-TV in Philadelphia [Pennsylvania]?$$Well, I, I was doing the news one night and I got a phone call. And it was from a gentleman named Paul Gluck, who had been visiting his mother who lived in the Hampton Roads [Virginia] area. Paul Gluck I didn't know from a can of paint, but he was the news director in Philadelphia. And he said, "I've watched you; I, I like what I see; when is your contract over in Virginia [WAVY-TV, Portsmouth, Virginia]?" It just so happens that my contract was coming to an end in the next couple of months, and I told him. And so he said, "I'd like to bring you to Philadelphia to take a look around and to see what we do here, and to see if it's something that you and I can come to terms with." And so I do, came to Philadelphia and, and loved it. This was big time TV. This was a completely different animal than anything that I had been accustomed to up until that point. But at least for me by then I'd already worked in several other TV markets. I was used to moving around. I was used to starting from scratch, and so that experience helped me to, to get acclimated in Philadelphia early. I was brought on as the, the five o'clock evening news anchor. I was young, but didn't carry myself in a young way. It became clear that I knew my way around a story in the field, and I knew my way around the anchor desk in the studio, 'cause I'd--by that point I was seasoned. And I wasn't intimidated, but yet, again, I didn't present myself in an arrogant type of way. One thing about Philadelphia that I learned very early, and it's--was true then, and it's true now. In this town, if people like you they will let you know. And if they don't like you, they will let you know. And if they don't like you, you are not long for this city. I'm fortunate that they like me, and so I was able to survive. And as they say, the rest is history. I've had a very good tenure here.

Donald Camp

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.

Accession Number

A2014.144

Sex

Male

Interview Date

6/11/2014 |and| 6/13/2014

Last Name

Camp

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

Eugene

Occupation
Schools

Eckles Elementary School

Farrell Jr. High School

Farrell Area High School

Camden High School

Temple University

Search Occupation Category
First Name

Donald

Birth City, State, Country

Meadville

HM ID

CAM10

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Pennsylvania

Favorite Vacation Destination

New Orleans, Louisiana

Favorite Quote

I Created Thee, Yet Thou Hast Abased Thyself. Rise Then Unto That For Which Thou Wast Created.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Pennsylvania

Birth Date

7/28/1940

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Philadelphia

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Gumbo

Short Description

Photographer Donald Camp (1940 - ) was an artist-in-residence and assistant professor of photography at Ursinus College from 2000 to 2010. He has been awarded numerous fellowships for his photographic artwork, and was a founding member of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.

Employment

Ursinus College

Temple University's Tyler School of Art

Philadelphia Evening & Sunday Bulletin

United States Air Force

Freelance Photographer

Favorite Color

Blue

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DAStories

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

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Donald Camp recalls learning about composition at Musee du Louvre in Paris, France
Donald Camp describes his master's thesis project
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Even when I went to Alaska, Alaska was interesting, for two years but it was interesting because I, because of being able to experience, you know, the aurora borealis and, you know, the midnight sun, and all of that, I mean, that was a fascinating thing. And then to France from there and being about what was it ninety kilometers, about eighty miles--seventy miles north of Paris [France]. And I could go to Paris almost every weekend, and I did. Because, you know, I could go and, and, and I wanted to go to the Louvre [Musee du Louvre, Paris, France] and I could, I can get in the Louvre free because they would give--the [U.S.] military would get passes and nobody wanted those passes everybody else wanted to go to Pigalle [Quartier Pigalle, Paris, France]. I would get the passes and go to the museums, and just walk Paris and see the art. And I must have, I must've walked, you know, I must've studied probably three--a good three months solid in the Louvre walking it and studying.$$Now, you--I have a note here that you were, you were impressed by impressionistic artists?$$ I was. Yeah, I, yeah--$$Or, well, what art impressed you the most in, in the Louvre? Or did any of the art inspire the work you do today?$$ None of it.$$None of it, okay.$$ No. It was classic, and I went there to study cl- I, I, I, I cut out a little--I took a 35mm transparency and I popped the slide out and I used that, and I would go into the--and I would compose and recompose paintings and sculptures.$$So, just the little frame that goes around the slide and you would hold it in front of the--$$ Yeah, yeah. And, if I hold it close, it was like a wide angle lens and, if I hold it a distance like a telephoto but just concentrating on that little section. And I could change it horizontal, vertical, or do whatever I wanted to with it. And that's how I studied the compositions. So, yeah, that's, that's why I would, you know, that's what I would do in Paris. And, and plus, you know, I read, at that time, I read tech books almost like novels. Formulas to me were the most fascinating thing because I could find out--I could read a formula book and make a comparison in my head as to what it would do a color on a piece of paper. So, yeah, it--that was a fascinating time for me.$In grad school [at Stella Elkins Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania] you had a--I guess a thesis project or something?$$ Yes.$$And what was it?$$ Yeah, that was--you know, I still like the work--it--but it was--again, this was based on a part of a Baha'i prayer. And that prayer is--a part of that prayer is: "Thus their superstitions have become barriers between themselves and their own hearts." And I love that because what I tried to do physically was to set up a barrier and so I used comp- I, I, used appropriated images from newspapers, and they really are--they were based on superstition. My choices of the images were based on what I think are superstitions and that is inferiority or superiority of race, inferiority, or superiority of gender, you know. And so, I took these images and I, I, I copied them and then I printed them on mirror. And so, when you saw the photograph, you could see, you know, you are here, then you had this image of something that depicted racism and then you saw yourself behind it. One of the pieces was something that we assumed that I'm supposed to understand in one way, it was a diptych. And on the left is an image of something someone called 'Dr. Claude Cunningham Tips His Hat' [ph.]. He was a delegate at the, at 1948 convention in Atlantic City [New Jersey]. I mean, he had a hat on and he's tipping it and he has cane and cigar sticking out of his mouth, and he's from Texas. The way the image was made I was supposed to assume that he was this racist. On the right was: 'Buxom Virginia Jack Swaffs Her Thirst,' and it's a buxom woman, you know, and she's got a bottle of soda. Well, on the reverse of those images, the reverse on the back of that page, it was what the women's caucus was doing at the convention and they were talking about, "What are going to do with this terrible new weapon that we have?" And they were talking about the atomic bomb. "What are we going to do about women's rights? What are we going to do about racism?" That was the discussion that the women were talking about at the convention. And so, I took those images and I flipped them and I photographed both sides, and so it's, it's Dr. Claude Cunningham [ph.] and Miss Virginia Jack [ph.] and then the text so you can see what was going on between a heart and self. So, that was--those were just kind of a few of the images that I did for the thesis, but that was the foundation of it. The beautiful thing about that also is, if the pieces are lit right, not only are you seeing self, barrier and self, but if it's lit right, it projects onto the floor so that you're standing in the image as well so it just envelopes you in that sense. So, that was, you know, my thesis work.$$Okay, this is 1989, right?$$ Yes.$$Who is your advisor?$$ That would have been Martha Madigan. Will Larson [William G. Larson] left just shortly after I started the grad program and then Martha Madigan took it over, so she would have been the advisor.