Apr 5, 2019
Apr 5, 2019
Apr 5, 2019
Apr 5, 2019

The Autonomous Spiral

The Autonomous Spiral

1949 (printed before 1979)

Clarence John Laughlin

(American, 1905-1985)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 34.1 x 26.9 cm (13 7/16 x 10 9/16 in.); Paper: 34.1 x 26.9 cm (13 7/16 x 10 9/16 in.); Mounted: 43.3 x 35.5 cm (17 1/16 x 14 in.)

Gift of Tom E. Hinson and Diana S. Tittle 2018.254


Did you know?

The spiral staircase is a common feature of Creole architecture found throughout Louisiana.


Laughlin’s depiction of a staircase transcends architectural documentation to become both a geometric exploration and a dream-like, surreal vision. He gives us a vertiginous view looking up rather than down, warping space through the use of light and shadow and the flattened perspective imposed by his choice of lens.

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