TRIBUTE TO CLARENCE JOHN LAUGHLIN
10.15.15 - 12.10.15
Front Gallery: October 15 - December 6
Back Gallery: December 10 - February 14 (Partial Display)
Edwards Gallery is pleased to present A
Photographic Tribute to Clarence John Laughlin.
Known as the Father of American Surrealist Photography, Clarence
John Laughlin is a major inspiration and influencer on modern surrealist
photography. This Exhibition features works by Clarence John Laughlin,
Portraits of Clarence, as well as works by seven fine art photographers
inspired by him. Artists includes Josephine Sacabo, Richard Sexton,
Sandra Russell Clark, Anna Tomczak, Euphus Ruth, Meg Turner, &
Bruce Schultz. Also included in the exhibition are several portraits
of Clarence John Laughlin by photographers Barry Kaiser, John Lawrence,
Nancy Moss, Owen Murphy and David Richmond
This exhibition is being done in conjunction with the new documentary
by Gene Fredericks entitled The Phantasmagorical Clarence John Laughlin:
An American Original. This documentary discusses the eccentric photographer’s
personality and career. It contains some of the only known footage
of Clarence in his Pontalba apartment, taken in 1977. Screenings
of the film at Scott Edwards Gallery will be announced at a later
John Laughlin (1908 - 1985)
was born in Lake Charles, LA and lived in New Orleans most of his
life. He is mainly known for his book “Ghosts Along the Mississippi
- The Magic of the Old Houses of Louisiana” (1948) containing
haunting images of mostly lost Louisiana Plantations. He never graduated
High School but was extremely educated and well spoken. By the end
of his life , his book collection numbered 30,000. His love of literature
is obvious in the titles and descriptions of his photograpahy. His
work was rooted in symbolism and subtext: and Clarence was extremely
specific about each piece’s meanings. He would use long and
eloquent captions to describe every piece he ever showed. Clarence’s
eccentric and often difficult personality would set him at odds
with many collectors, curators and gallery owners over the entirety
of his career. Four vintage pieces by Clarence John Laughlin will
be available during this exhibition.
lives and works mostly in New Orleans where she has been strongly
influenced by the unique ambience of the city. She is a native of
Laredo, Texas, and was educated at Bard College, New York. Previous
to coming to New Orleans, she lived and worked extensively in France
and England. Her earlier work was in the photo-journalistic tradition,
influenced by Robert Frank, Josef Koudelka, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
She now works in a very subjective, introspective style and divides
her time between New Orleans and Mexico She uses poetry as the genesis
of her work and lists poets as her most important influences, among
them Rilke, Baudelaire, Pedro Salinas, Vicente Huiobro, and Juan
Rulfo, Mallarmé, and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Josephine
will be exhibiting 4 photogravures from different series that “in
retrospect, have Clarence written all over them.”
is a fine art and media photographer whose work has been published
and exhibited worldwide. His most recent book, Creole World,
published in 2014 by The Historic New Orleans Collection, is the
13th book he has authored, co-authored, or photographed and is now
in its 2nd printing. His work has been exhibited and is in the permanent
holdings of Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Historic New Orleans
Collection and Polk Museum of Art. His work is in the permanent
holdings of New Orleans Museum of Art and LSU Museum of Art. He
has had a solo exhibition at Walter Anderson Museum of Art.
In 2014 Richard Sexton received the Michael P. Smith Award for Documentary
Photography from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. He
will be exhibiting 6 quadtone pigment prints.
lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was Director of Photography
at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans from 1980 to 1985.
In 1997 Louisiana State University Press published Ms. Clark’s
book of photographs, Elysium, A Gathering of Souls, New Orleans
Cemeteries. Clark’s photographs are included in
museum, corporate and private collections in the U.S. and abroad
including New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern
Art, The Historic New Orleans Collection, and Museum of Fine Arts
- Houston; among others. She will be exhibiting 2 Pigment
Prints from her Elysium series.
Meg Turner and Courtney Webster are both New Orleans based Artists.
Their diptych “The Unseen Boxer" marks their first piece
in an ongoing collaboration. Wishing to examine the history
of photography as a medium through which heroism and strength have
been linked primarily to white male representations of masculinity
and strength, while women and women of color especially have been
relegated to subservience or decoration; they seek to challenge
this narrative by creating an alternate historical record of the
unseen and unrecorded women of color, gender non-conforming women
and images of black female heroism. They will be exhibiting two
large scale photogravure prints made from 4 x 5 tintypes.
has lived and worked in the Mississippi Delta for over 30 years.
Since 2006 the majority of his work has been made using wooden view
cameras with antique & modern lenses practicing the 19th century
wet collodion process. In 2013, his work was included in Luna Press
Publication’s Inventing Reality. He will be exhibiting 4 ambrotype
large format dye-infusion transfer photographs are widely exhibited
and are in Museum, University, Private and Corporate Collections
including: The Florida Gulf Coast Museum of Art, The Norton Museum
of Art, The Polk Museum of Art, City of Orlando Public Art Collection,
Deland Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Harn Museum
of Art, UNCC Charlotte - The Cone Foundation, Sony Latin-America,
McGraw-Hill, NYC and the Polaroid Corporate Art Collection, Waltham,
MA. She will be exhibiting 3 original Polaroid dye transfer prints
on water color paper.
has been making photographs for more than 40 years. In
2007, as digital photography became the predominant means of making
a picture, he chose to explore the early days of photography
and learned the craft of making photographs using wet-plate collodion,
a 19th Century technology best known for producing tintypes. In
the past year he has also moved into making albumen prints from
glass plate negatives; the most common way of making a photographic
image in the 19th century. He will be exhibiting 1 albumen print,
1 tintype, and 5 silver gelatins.
has resided in New Orleans and documented its music and culture
since 1971. He was a founding member of the New Orleans Photo Exchange
with David Richmond, Owen Murphy and Joséphine Sacabo. His
work is in the permanent collection of the New Orleans Museum of
Art, The Historic New Orleans Collection and many private collections.
He teaches Photography at Metairie Park Country Day. He will be
exhibiting two portraits of Clarence John Laughlin and one piece
inspired by Clarence.
is a freelance photographer living in his hometown of New Orleans
who pursues personal documentary and portrait projects with income
from commercial jobs. He founded the New Orleans Photo Alliance
in 2006 to help rebuild the photography community in the aftermath
of Hurricane Katrina. His work in the collections of the New Orleans
Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Historic New
Orleans Collection, the Louisiana State Museum, and the Museum of
Fine Arts Houston as well as many private collections. His commercial
work has been widely published in many museum catalogs and is the
co-author of the book “Creoles of New Orleans:Gens de Couleur”
, which contains his photographs of the neighborhood and people
of the historic 7th Ward of New Orleans. In 1988, he received an
Artist Fellowship in Media from the Louisiana Division of the Arts.
He will be exhibiting 2 portraits of Clarence John Laughlin.
was Clarence John Laughlin’s agent in the later years of his
life. She will be showing 4 portraits of Clarence.
is the Director of Museum Programming at the Historic New Orleans
Collection. He will be exhibiting one portrait of Clarence.
was the founder and owner of the New Orleans Photo Exchange, a gallery
specializing in selling New Orleans based photography. He is also
known for printing and staging the Michael P. Smith Retrospective
Exhibition at the 2003 New Orleans Jazz Festival. Pre-Katrina, he
was the employer and mentor to Scott Edwards. He was a staff photographer
for Gambit Weekly for many years and an accomplished commercial
photographer. He will be displaying the figurehead image for this
exhibition - a portrait of Clarence John Laughlin.