|Clarence John Laughlin
A Vision of Dead Desire
Clarence John Laughlin was born near Lake Charles, LA in 1905.
He moved to New Orleans at a young age, and resided there until his death in 1985.
Haunting, elegiac, and surrealist images of the ruins of New Orleans and the vanishing plantation South.
Most Popular Images:
"Enigma"; "Receding Rectangles"
Did you know ... ?
Laughlin was a self-taught photographer.
He was an avid bibliophile. At the time of his death, his personal library consisted of some 30,000 volumes.
Laughlin felt that his photographs were incomplete if he failed to give them an appropriate title and caption; the captions sometimes ran to several type-written pages.
"Photography is one of the most authentic and integral modes of expression possible in this world in which we live."
"The physical object, to me, is merely a stepping stone to an inner world where the object, with the help of the subconscious drives and focuses perceptions, becomes transmuted into a symbol whose life is beyond the life of the objects we know..."
Silver gelatin photographs of varying dimensions, usually 11" x 14".
How many photographs exist?
Laughlin printed in very small unnumbered editions (ten or less except for 2 or 3 images)
$1,500 - $15,000
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How are the photographs printed and signed?
Usually signed au verso, sometimes au recto, often with Laughlin's own hand-written or
type-written captions, mounted on board, and lacquered.
A few vintage photographs are available. Vintage means that the print date is at or near the same time as the negative date.
During the Great Depression, Laughlin taught himself the fundamentals of the medium using simple cameras and home-made enlarging equipment.
Ghosts Along the Mississippi
Haunter of Ruins
A Gallery for Fine Photography has a superlative selection of original photographs by
Clarence John Laughlin.
1975: $25 - $100
1985: $600 - $1,000
1995: $1,500 - $7,500
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