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Moss Fingers

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Moss Fingers

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Clarence John Laughlin
American, 1905–1985

Date

1946, printed 1947

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Accession #

1985.99

Dimensions

13 × 10 5/8 inches

Location

On View - Wieland Pavilion, Lower Level, Gallery 102

Description

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.

Credit

Bequest of the artist