Clarence John Laughlin (American, 1905–1985), The Improbable Dome (No. 1), 1965, gelatin silver print. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, gift of Joshua Mann Pailet in honor of his mother, Charlotte Mann Pailet, her family, and Sir Nicholas Winton, 2017.427.

Strange Light: The Photography of Clarence John Laughlin

High Museum of Art

Featuring work by: Clarence John Laughlin

Dubbed “The Father of American Surrealism,” Clarence John Laughlin (American, 1905-1985) was the most important Southern photographer of his time and a singular figure within the burgeoning American school of photography. Known primarily for his atmospheric depictions of decaying antebellum architecture that proliferated his hometown of New Orleans, Laughlin approached photography with a romantic, experimental eye that diverged heavily from his peers who championed realism and social documentary. This exhibition surveys Laughlin’s signature bodies of work made between 1935 and 1965, emphasizing his inventiveness, artistic influences and deep connection to the written word. The High began collecting Laughlin’s work in 1974, and this exhibition is the first major presentation of Laughlin’s photographs by the High following a landmark acquisition of his work in 2015.

Exhibition May 11 - Nov 10

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