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Clarence John Laughlin (American, 1905-1985) was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana but moved to New Orleans at an early age. Self taught in photography as well as wide range of other subjets he began his career as a freelancer, producing mostly architectual photos, and eventually moved on to work for such varied agencies as Vogue Magazine and the US Army Corps of Engineers. His work was influenced Eugene Atget and other historical purists who tried to capture a decaying urban landscape for Laughlin his home city of New Orleans was the staging ground for many of his pictures and he spent most of his life photographing the area. Arguably the first surrealist photographer in the United States he often constructed elaborate stages and employed models, costumes, and props to create haunting abstractions. His best known book, "Ghosts Along the Mississippi," was first published in 1948.  
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Clarence John Laughlin
 

Exhibition: Eye/object
July 1 - Aug 1, 2011

Exhibition: Clarence John Laughlin
March 9 - May 4, 2007

Exhibition: The David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Collection
March 10 - May 5, 2006

 
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