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Fish Creature Gaping at the Wooden Man in the Moon

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Fish Creature Gaping at the Wooden Man in the Moon

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Clarence John Laughlin
American, 1905–1985

Date

1953

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Accession #

1985.114

Dimensions

Fish Creature cut-out: 6 5/8 × 2 inches; Moon cut-out: 10 1/2 × 4 1/8 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Isolated from his contemporaries in California, Chicago, and New York, Clarence John Laughlin developed an unusual and highly experimental approach to making photographs in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. Laughlin believed that the photographer’s prerogative was not to simply document the world but to use photography as a creative tool to make poetic and conceptual statements about his or her subjects. Subsequently, he often used techniques including double exposure and collage, such as in this work, which transforms a concrete image of weathered wood into a fantastical narrative.

Credit

Bequest of the artist