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    Artist Name:

    Clarence John Laughlin

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, 1905–1985


    Moss Fingers


    1946, printed 1947


    Gelatin silver print


    13 × 10 5/8 inches

    Credit Line:

    Bequest of the artist

    Accession Number:


    Currently Not on View
    In 1939, Laughlin began a series of photographs published nine years later as Ghosts Along the Mississippi. He focused on antebellum plantation architecture in Louisiana, photographing not only stereotypical mansions but also smaller cabins, cemeteries, and churches. He believed that the integration of environmental elements into plantation architecture was one source of inspiration for modern architecture. This image of Greenwood Plantation, which once served as a 12,000-acre sugar plantation, draws attention to the poetic beauty of the central building and its surrounding mossy oaks.

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