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Clarence John Laughlin documentary double feature

Featuring The Phantasmagorical Clarence John Laughlin by Gene Fredericks and Clarence John Laughlin: An Artist with a Camera by Michael Frierson and Michael Murphy

Clarence John Laughlin documentary double feature
Saturday, March 4 • 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street

Admission is free. Reservations: wrc@hnoc.org or (504) 523-4662

As part of its acclaimed exhibition about Louisiana photographer Clarence John Laughlin (1905–1985), The Historic New Orleans Collection will host a double-feature screening of two documentaries about the eccentric artist on Saturday, March 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The screenings include The Phantasmagorical Clarence John Laughlin (2015) by Gene Fredericks and Clarence John Laughlin: An Artist with a Camera (2009) by Michael Frierson and Michael Murphy. The filmmakers for both works will be present to answer questions and discuss their films at each screening.

The Phantasmagorical Clarence John Laughlin (2015)
A documentary by Gene Fredericks
Screening begins at 9:45 a.m. (Run time: 78 minutes)
Although he is remembered primarily as a photographer, Laughlin frequently described himself first as a writer, then as a book collector. Gene Fredericks’s 2015 documentary The Phantasmagorical Clarence John Laughlin stems from a 1977 interview with Laughlin about the book collection that consumed the artist’s compact Pontalba apartment. It is believed to be the only known footage of the artist and provides insight into his personality. Interviews from colleagues shed light on Laughlin and his unique approach. Following the screening, Fredericks will discuss the project and answer questions from the audience.

Guests will have the option to break for lunch independently prior to the start of the second film.

Clarence John Laughlin: An Artist with a Camera (2009)
A documentary by Michael Frierson and Michael Murphy
Screening begins at 1:45 p.m. (Run time: 65 minutes)
In the 2009 documentary Clarence John Laughlin: An Artist with a Camera, filmmakers Michael Frierson and Michael Murphy chronicle Laughlin’s life and career. Paying particular attention to the artist’s philosophies on art, writing, collecting, architecture and more, the film also illustrates Laughlin’s relentless drive to create and the importance of his legacy. Following the screening, both filmmakers will be on site to discuss their project and to take questions from the audience.

Above: The Phantasmagorical Clarence John LaughlinSelf-Portrait of the Photographer as a Metaphysician; ca. 1941; by Clarence John Laughlin, photographer; The Clarence John Laughlin Archive at THNOC, 1981.247.3.339

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