© Clarence John Laughlin / Historic New Orleans Collection. Photograph and digital image © Delaware Art Museum. Not for reproduction or publication.
The Enigma
Date: 1941
Medium: Gelatin silver print
Dimensions: image: 13 5/8 × 10 3/4 in. (34.6 × 27.3 cm) sheet: 13 7/8 in. (35.2 cm)
Credit Line: Special Purchase Fund, 1979
Object Number: 1979-63
About: Working from 1939 through 1953, Laughlin produced more than 2,000 negatives of 19th-century plantation houses. The photographer's goal was to outline the evolution of Louisiana plantation architecture, but his photographs accomplish far more than this. Laughlin's pictures evoke a sense of mystery and decay that betrays his appreciation of "the tragic and poetic beauty" of the buildings, which were disappearing due to neglect when he photographed them.
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