Camp studied at Lowestoft and Ipswich Schools of Art and subsequently Edinburgh College of Art. Between 1963 and 1988 he taught at the Slade School, and in 1984 was elected Royal Academician.
In the late 1960s Camp moved to Hastings in Sussex. Nearby he discovered Beachy Head, which became a recurring subject in his work. Camp here presents himself and his wife, the painter Laetitia Yhap
on the very edge of the cliff face. The elemental powers of the wind and the surging sea contrast with the precarious situation of the humans.