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Self-Portrait of the Photographer as a Metaphysician, accession number 1981.247.3.339, The Historic New Orleans Collection
Self-Portrait of the Photographer as a Metaphysician,
accession number 1981.247.3.339,
The Historic New Orleans Collection
The Historic New Orleans Collection is the major repository for the photographs and writings of pioneer surrealist and experimental photographer Clarence John Laughlin (1905–1985), a native of Louisiana. Included in this digital collection are master prints, work prints, unique collages, and color experiments, as well as selected images by other photographers. The Laughlin Collection chronicles an active career that stretched from the early 1930s through the late 1960s. Laughlin's subjects include architecture and cemeteries of New Orleans, historic plantation architecture of southern Louisiana and the lower Mississippi valley, American Victorian architecture, contemporary architecture, interpretive photographic renditions of sculpture, and several series of symbolic photographs that use the camera to probe the subconscious mind.
Laughlin's business and personal correspondence, notebooks, negative index, clipping file, and published and unpublished manuscripts for books and articles are available to researchers at The Historic New Orleans Collection's Williams Research Center.
 
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