Strange Light
Image courtesy of High Museum of Art

Strange Light: The Photography Of Clarence John Laughlin

Jul 2 – Nov 10
Every Tue,Wed,Thu,Sat10am – 5pm
Every Fri10am – 9pm
Every Sun12pm – 5pm
Next: 10:00am on Oct 23
General Admission$14.50 adv
Children (5 and under)Free!
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Strange Light


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. The 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 Strange Light: The Photography of Clarence John Laughlin is the first major presentation of Laughlin’s photographs by the High Museum following a landmark acquisition of his work in 2015.


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